Carlsen and Karjakin started their 2016 World Championship match with a draw this Friday in New York. The result came despite a surprising Trompowsky openings (1.d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 followed by d5 3. e3 c5 4. Bxf6 gxf6 5. dxc5 Nc6 6. Bb5 e6). After the opening white looked in control and with 15 minutes more on the clock, but black had almost all troubles solved early on the board. Game 1 of the World Chess Championship quickly entered in the endgame phase where after moves 18-19 white had R+N+6p vs R+B+6p. Despite the better pawn structure for white, the game quickly went to a peaceful end.
Tomorrow colors will be reversed and Sergey Karjakin will be white. You can follow the game live here. According to the tournament draw, Carlsen will also be white in games 3, 5, 8, 10, and 12.
Stockfish 8 and Houdini 5 also draw in game 1
Together with the highest individual event in the chess calendar – the World Championship – started also the highest event for computer chess – the Top Chess Engine Championship (TCEC). In the Superfinal of Season 9 Stockfish and Houdni started their 100 games match with a draw. A Sicilian: Najdorf (7.f4 Nbd7 8.Qe2) looked like a sharp variation from a human point of view, but both engines remained calm. In a typical spike, Stockfish showed optimism around move 30, but Houdini waved off the possibilities for another result.