Thursday, 16 October 2008
2008 WCC Game 2
Game 2 of the 2008 WCC seemed to excite the crowd far more than game 1. The first surprise was 1.d4 from Anand, and the second was that he was happy to allow a Nimzo-Indian Defence. Choosing 4.f3 (which leads back into a Samisch) Anand took the usual advantage of 2 bishops, in return for a fractured pawn structure. By the time the game reached the middlegame it began to look as though Kramnik had an advantage, but just as quickly the game turned (22.Bb1!) and Kramnik surrendered his h pawn to untangle his pieces. However all this thinking sucks up time on the clock, and with only 3 minutes to reach move 40
Anand offered a draw, which Kramnik accepted. Anand also had to think about a draw offer on move 32 from Kramnik, which he accepted.