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Game 3, Carlsen-Anand, Drawn After 51 Moves - UPDATE: VIDEO

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/12/13, 6:24 AM.

The third game of the World Championship match in Chennai between Magnus Carlsen, playing the white pieces, and Viswanathan Anand ended in a draw after 51 moves. With Garry Kasparov among the spectators, Carlsen was under pressure but just before the time control he escaped. The score is 1.5-1.5, with 9 more games to go.

With an exciting game that went on beyond the first time control, the World Championship match in Chennai has finally started for real. Again, the defending champion didn't have problems out of the opening and even got a better position when he could push his opponent's queen to the corner.

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Carlsen played the same as in his first white game, and with 3.c4 he made it a proper Réti Opening. However, the 22-year-old Norwegian didn't manage to get an advantage. On the contrary: at some point Black had more space, and the bishop pair.

Later on, Anand could win a pawn, but he felt that the compensation for his opponent would be sufficient. Just before the time control, when his queen got back into play, Carlsen could equalize the position. He even declined a draw offer on move 40, even though the game was a dead draw by then.

"I made a couple of misjudgements in the middlegame. My position was worse and I probably made it even worse. (...) I'm happy to survive. (...) It looked scary."

Carlsen: "It looked scary."

Carlsen also revealed that he wasn't one hundred percent relaxed during the game, and he felt his opponent wasn't either. "I think it was good to get the match going a little bit. I guess both of us were a bit nervous today. (...) There was some tension, both on the board and some nerves as well. But really that's what it's all about."

Despite having the two bishops, Anand didn't feel his advantage was big. "White's control of the a-file generates enough counterplay."

One of the spectators in the playing hall during the third game was the 13th World Champion, who arrived in Chennai on Monday night. According to this report he was "ignored" by the organizers. However, at the start of the round Garry Kasparov was sitting next to and chatting with FIDE Vice President and chief organizer D.V. Sunar, so perhaps the relations weren't so bad after all.

However, during the game it became clear that Kasparov had not been given access to the press room (from where he could have given a press release), and he wasn't welcome to join the commentators either. Perhaps the latter would have been a bit too much, since Kasparov is a clear supporter of Carlsen, but it's clear that all 150 journalists present would have loved have a press conference. But FIDE didn't like the idea.

During the press conference, the journalists were trying hard to provoke a statement from the players about Kasparov's visit, but they didn't really succeed. Carlsen said: "I haven't seen him here yet I think it's good that one of the legends of the game is here to watch the match. It gives an extra dimension in a way."

A Norwegian journalist asked Anand what he thought about Kasparov being "in the building" (no doubt referring to last year's statements by Kasparov about Anand). The Indian replied: "Like Elvis? Well, it's good that he's here to watch."

Anand: "Like Elvis?"

"Are you sure?" the journalist asked. "Sure." When Carlsen was getting the question again, he said: "I don't want to get into politics. I think he deserves to be treated with respect, regardless that he is opposing Kirsan [Ilyumzhinov] as a Presidential Candidate."

About his stay in India so far, Carlsen was very positive. "I think it's been better than expected. I'm being treated so well and I am very grateful for that. Whatever happens in the match, that's not going to be an issue."

Chess fans enjoying the giant chess set in the hotel lobby
The handshake before the third game
Again about 20 photographers were fighting to get a good position...
...but the policemen also found the time to watch the game


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  • 11 months ago

    yureesystem

    Anand is playing like the younger man, very strong, adventurous and creative and Carlsen is playing like an old man, safe, dull opening and not having confidence in himself. Lets look at Fischer and Kasparov as challengers, they play bold and exciting chess; even Karpov play was exciting. I hope Anand wins, he deserve it because of his bold and strong play.

  • 12 months ago

    josh1001

    go carlsen

  • 12 months ago

    Marcokim

    @waynepacific said

    Annnad does have an advantage by playing in his hometown. This advantage is well documented in all sports contests and this is not unlike that. The weather in Chennai is also very strange to a Nordic, especially at his time of year with the torrential downpours. These are true tangible factors that favor Anand.

    I forgive you because you are American (I mean this is the best way possible), But:

    1. South India is very hot during the summer 34c (100F) and mild-warm during the winter 25c (80s), it is winter in the Northern hemisphere

    2. They are staying at the Grand Hyatt hotel, a air conditioned 5star luxury hotel that costs $1000+ for a suite

    3. Anand lives in Spain (has been for the last 20yrs), Spain is meditteranean but its not like he is in Chennai during the summers.

    I don't think the location has conferred Anand any more advantage than any other location. Carlsen brought his "own cook" an idea that probably came from his controlling father (he needs to ditch him soon and get a professioanl manager), I doubt Prince Charles brought his royal cooks when he stayed there... Carlsen is fine


  • 12 months ago

    mugzz

    carlsen playing the more adventurous chess... he's the one who made this game interesting. carlsen looks like he can get himself out of 'scary' positions so why not risk a little and see if anand takes the bait Smile, too bad anand doesn't seem like a player who takes 'bait'......... bt im pretty sure carlsen is going to keep on taking the game to him, he only needs 1 or 2 lucky moments to win it. at least we can be assured that the games won't be boring Money Mouth. from your #carlsenfan

    .......

  • 12 months ago

    shaziakhan90

    wow

  • 12 months ago

    Gannicus_The_God2

    watching these 3 games so far along with all the article.... I have new found respect for anand.... I must do some research on his playing style.... can anybody help me out????????

  • 12 months ago

    arvu21

    it has been not a battle as the chess world has expected so far...however the third game between these two great players have given us a ray of hope that we will see some nail biting games in coming few weeks...being an amature it would be foolish to make comments upon the playing style and moves made by either of the players...but yes being a chess lover i do have right to show my curiosity regarding the matches...i do not know who holds the edge but being an indian i would always wish anand to retain the title...wish both players all the best

  • 12 months ago

    ildolphino

    Now it's SICILIAN DRAGON time!!

  • 12 months ago

    josh1001

    they are both so good but i really like the way carlsen plays

  • 12 months ago

    Cannman

    I think first blood will be drawn tonight with Anand as white.  Anand has a great rep for opening preperation and after having the three games to learn what Carlsen can bring to the table, my money is on something sharp EARLY.  Good luck to the two!

  • 12 months ago

    WIshbringer

    It is great to see this match played in the country that gave us chess!

  • 12 months ago

    gahmed

    Those are great players , who returned the passion to the chess , which was gone since kasparov and karpov ,so we are again in love with chess.

  • 12 months ago

    senthilwed

    Anand going to win today by any means, its a smash in face for kasparov not for carlsen.

  • 12 months ago

    Shibin123

    waiting for the video update..

  • 12 months ago

    waynepacific

    Annnad does have an advantage by playing in his hometown. This advantage is well documented in all sports contests and this is not unlike that. The weather in Chennai is also very strange to a Nordic, especially at his time of year with the torrential downpours. These are true tangible factors that favor Anand.

  • 12 months ago

    deepak64

    This was a difficult game for both players.

  • 12 months ago

    Huckebein

    In some newspapers I read that the end position would have been a "theorethical draw", but that's not true. E.g.: Black: Kh1, Bg1; White Kh3, Bf3. A mate position. So why such an early draw? :-)

  • 12 months ago

    Fabiogaucho

    Many people spotted 13. Qc1 as a better move, including Irina Krush in her live commentary. I wonder what the engine says.

    Carlsen is playing disappointingly bad and Anand disappointingly timid.

  • 12 months ago

    pulpfriction

    We Indians are justifiably proud of Anand.  If you have lived for a reasonable time in India you will understand why we are justified :-)  Basically the support systems here were non-existent when Anand rose to fame.  Even now they are not that good.  We are a democracy with a pretty complicated society and that means challenges all the way.  Anand may not be the greatest chess player ever, if there is any such creature possible, but he is definitely a fantastic player and so far his defence of his title has been as professional as it could possibly be.  Congratulations! 

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