The stalemate continued on the board as well as in the mind games department as defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Boris Gelfand of Israel played out another draw in the second game of their 12-game World Chess Championship match in Moscow on Saturday.
If Gelfand had tried to surprise Anand in the first game, the champion returned the favour on Saturday by playing some unexpected but precise moves.
The score now stands 1-1 after two games in the 12-game match in which the player reaching 6.5 will win the title. Sunday is the rest day and the third game will be played on Monday with Anand starting with white pieces.
While Gelfand had denied Anand many chances in the first game by opting for a classical defence and played solid defence, Anand returned the favour in the second game by unleashing a new move that had his rival raking his brains to come up with the correct response.
Gelfand started the game in his usual manner by pushing ahead the pawn in front of his queen and Anand responded by opting for a system in which the player with black tries to capture a centralised pawn and launch an attack. Gelfand responded with theoretical moves before the Indian champion introduced a new move, a knight thrust that forced his Israeli rival to spend a lot of time to analyse it and find the correct response.
Though Anand did get a solid but slightly passive position but Anand demonstrated his defensive skills to negate the minor advantage that Gelfand had.
Later commenting on the final position, Anand explained: "He did have a slight edge initially but in the end there were many defensive structures for me to play."
Gelfand agreed that draw was the right result. "I offered the draw as there was no option left. I could not get the slightest idea to mobilize the pieces."