The duel for the world title continues. The match between Boomstra and Shvartsman on the second day initially resulted in an exciting battle. Both tried to make it an exciting match. Shvartsman saw a sharp variant, but decided to abandon it because of Roel’s opening preparation. From that moment on the game was deadlocked and they were heading for an inevitable draw. As a result, there was again no decision at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, which put the game further on edge. Alexander Shvartsman had a message after the match with a wink to Roel Boomstra: “Roel must try to win, he is half my age. My strategy is to provoke Roel, but that is not so easy”, the five-time world champion admitted honestly.
The World Title Draughts can be followed daily via streaming partner Twitch. While there has not yet been a clear decision in the title battle, the Netherlands did record a small victory over the Russians in the livestream. No less than 71% of the viewers today were Dutch. Tomorrow is already the third day of play and we will have to wait and see if there will be a winner.
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