For the second day in a row, all the games ended in a draw at the London Chess Classic in London. Not even the unusually early rest day, after the opening round, could rejuvenate the super grandmasters enough to draw first blood in any of the five boards.

Viswanathan Anand was up against a familiar foe, Michael Adams of England. The five-time World champion from Chennai opened with Ruy Lopez, against which the local man employed the Berlin Defence. They quietly split the point, in 48 moves, after reaching a rook-and-minor-piece ending.

There wasn’t much firework either in the battle between the World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway and his challenger last year, Sergey Karjakin of Russia. They drew their Italian Game in 30 moves. 

The results (second round): Sergey Karjakin (Rus) 1 drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor) 1; Fabiano Caruana (US) 1 drew with Levon Aronian (Arm) 1; Viswanathan Anand (Ind) 1 drew with Michael Adams (Eng) 1; Maxim Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) 1 drew with Hikaru Nakamura (US) 1; So Wesly (US) 1 drew with Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus) 1.