Magnus Carlsen v Fabiano Caruana: World Chess Championship, Game 2 – live!

Carlsen finally castles to end another long wait (12. O-O) and Caruana responds by taking a pawn (12. ... Nxc3). Carlsen takes one back 13. bxc3 and the challenger answers with 13. ... h6.

12 O-O Nxc3 13. bxc3 h6 Of course Caruana did not fall for the elementary trap. Hey, but this is educational for the novice players at home

Carlsen, with 1hr 10min on the clock, is more than a half hour behind Caruana (1hr 42min 07sec). An email from reader Abhijato Sensarma:

I know that Carlsen is the best player in the world under a time constraint, but is that state on his clock the position be really wants to be in with the white pieces? He wants to think everything through because you need to press the advantage when you have the first move, and I get that, but is he really going himself a favour by being behind? His opponents have succumbed to the pressure of time in the past. He won’t, in all likelihood, but if he really does not leave anything to being risked, what about the time? Perhaps it will have no bearing in the match, and perhaps he will carry on perfectly. Or maybe an upset is on the cards tonight; the challenger looks prepared. Your thoughts?

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