Saturday, May 12, 2012

2012 WCC Anand v Gelfand round 2

Another quick draw, which arose from a Slav defense. One more ply was played than round one, as the draw was agreed after white's 25th move. Gelfand has offered both draws with a very minor advantage in dry positions.

Though there has not been a lot of excitement in these first two games, I am uncomfortable with any match anti-draw rules. In a round robin tournament, counting wins as 3 points and draws for 1 seems a good idea to me. Fischer's idea of first to win 6 games looks good on the surface, but lead to an interminable match between Karpov and Kasparov in 1984 which was terminated without a result.

Game 3 is on Monday. I wonder if Anand has another surprise prepared for his 2nd time as white.

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