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Why oh why…..

Another draw occurred in the first game of the second half of the match. Surely everyone, including the players themselves, is eager to see some sparks in the 7th round. If this continued, I believe there would be less and less stuff to cover for the match. Although the report from the World Chess Team says differently, I quote here “All seven games in the match have now been drawn. Despite the inability of either player to score a knockdown so far, enthusiasm for the match has been very high among spectators. Sunday, among the sell-out crowd were celebrities…” But I mean, weekends always have bigger turn-outs for any shows, don’t they? 🙂

Alright, let’s talk about the game. Started with the Queen’s Gambit Accepted Variation, the game lasted for 33 moves before the players agreed to draw. For such an elite level, the game did not offer any killing ideas and relatively peaceful.

The only visible tactic during the game. Position after 17. Nf6

The only visible tactic during the game. Position after 17. Nf6

After 17. Nf6, Stockfish 6 gives nearly +0.50 assessment, which led White to win a pawn up in an opposite colored Bishops endgame with the Rooks. Carlsen easily stirred it into a theoretical drawn endgame.

Position after 22. Bxa6. Karjakin tried to exploit his advantage but to no avail.

Position after 22. Bxa6. Karjakin tried to exploit his advantage but to no avail.

After the game, even our defending champion, Magnus Carlsen commented in the press conference that “The last two games have not been so interesting.” But he added, “Anything can still happen.” Yes, anything can still happen especially when he gets to play white pieces tomorrow. Does it sound like a promise for a more interesting game to you? Let’s hope so!