Anand draws with Kramnik in 2nd game of World Chess final

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Bonn, Oct 16 (UNI) Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand went in for an unexpected Nimzo-Indian opening against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia but still failed to force a victory in the second game of the World Chess final here.

Anand drew in 32 moves with his Russian rival yesterday and the score in the 12-game final stands at 1-1.

With this, both games have ended in draws and in the third game, Kramnik will have white pieces.

The NIIT-backed Anand instead of 1. e4, went in for a 1. d4. It was a sharp game from Annad's side and both players once again sized each other well. At no stage did either seem to have an any definite advantage.

Though there was no overt aggression, it was clear that there was greater probing in the second game than the first. Ultimately the duo decided to split the point and move on.

The first player to reach 6.5 points in the 12-game final will be declared the World Champion. In case of a 6-6 draw, they will play a tie-breaker.

The 12-game match carries a purse of 2.04 million dollars to be equally divided between the two, regardless of who wins.

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