The second game of the FIDE World Championship Match saw another repetition of moves and the draw was agreed on move 25.
The defending champion Anand started with 1.e4 and the challenger Carlsen responded with Caro-Kann defence, which was a slight surprise.
Carlsen rarely used Caro-Kann before, the last time being back in 2011.
Anand had recent experience in this line as he won a nice game against GM Ding Liren, but this time he deviated on move 14 by choosing the seemingly sharper 14.0-0-0.
The pair of knights were exchanged in the center and then Carlsen advanced his Queen to d5 offering another trade.
To the surprise of the commentators and audience alike, Carlsen decided to accepted the trade instead of continuing to press with 18.Qg4.
The resulting endgame was equal.
Anand placed his Rooks on the kingside, probing the opponent’s pawn shield and forcing the repetition of moves.