In the second game of the match, the Challenger played with the White pieces and the World Champion with Black. Karjakin started the game with the move 1.e4. Bobby Fischer, the former World Champion, once said was “best by test”.
Carlsen didn’t surprise us in this game, so he played his pet system, e5. Carlsen declines the Berlin Defense, an opening that had appeared repeatedly in his previous two World Championship Matches in 2013 and 2014.