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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.


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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14 votes


  • 10 months ago


    @Am1n3 said

    This is really absurd judgment based on your own imagination.. The truth is completly the opposite of your statements.. Do you think that when we put some position (a mating pattern for exemple) in front of a let's say a GM, do you think that he will use memory to trying to find where this position was played ? and how X solved it in 1874 ??.. Are you  retarded ??.. True Memorization is so crucial especially when you play in high level, but it's never sufficient to win games..

    Before being disrespectful about YOUR GOD OF CHESS, better you should care about your rating of apes.. When I started playing chess 2 years ago I was already +1200 in my first week.. 

    You are really pathetic..


    Mr. GM Am1n3

    1. You clearly didn't understand my article.

    2. Your problem with "my rating" is irrelevant, i am a teacher and I share this handle with more than 10 students for legal-age purposes (our state law doesn't allow 12yr olds to open their own internet identities)

    3. The point I am making is that all masters have great photo-memory and Fischer was very hypocritical given that he could recall thousands of games and positions. He was also the most studied GM of his time.

    4. We live in a culture where we want instant results and top level chess has smaller margins for advantage than we can stand.

    5. The internet, live commentary and live analysis doesn't help either.

    6. 70% of GM games end in draws (at least at the top level) and this has been the case for 100yrs

    7. Its better that we switch off, go about our lives and then check the results every 5games or so, then analyse them together.

    Please re-read the article to get the point I am trying to make.

  • 10 months ago


    dumb attack as white, fake {#emotions_dlg.tongue_out}

  • 10 months ago


    I wonder if Kasparov sat down today for a game with Anand or Carlsen, he'd stand a chance to get a few draws, perhaps a win?

  • 10 months ago


    Carlsen is awesome and an active defender. E3 indeed! Scary but he can calculate and evaluate positions optimally.

  • 10 months ago


    28  e3!!!!   Clearly shows the kind of genius Carlsen is at chess!  This brilliant move is being way underestimated. Carlsen completely turned   around an inferior position to his advantage.  Truly the Mozart of chess!

  • 10 months ago


    @johnosim ditto

  • 10 months ago


    Round 4 will be explosive.......

  • 10 months ago


  • 10 months ago


    Did Kasparov slam the hotel room doors...as he entered or left the rooms ? ;-)

  • 10 months ago



    sorry if i said something wrong zacer but it is my own opinion which can be incorrect but i have seen hours of press conference and observed each statements of my both favourite players very minutely and i have seen many things which clearly shows carlsen is only a bit arrogant as compared to anand.

  • 10 months ago


    @IM pfren, thanks a lot for your enlightening comments. Had you presented some of the lines of your analysis in a diagram, that would've been much more helpful for a patzer like myself :)

  • 10 months ago


    @IMpfren: nice!

  • 10 months ago


    Also want the link to the 3rd morning after show. So much better than Trent's crappy analysis...

  • 10 months ago


    nice games....

  • 10 months ago


    Want to see the mornin after show recording..available?

  • 10 months ago


    Is there a recording of the "Morning after show"?

  • 10 months ago


    I'm gonna have to say that Anand is in the lead judging by the games we've seen so far. Draws are still good for Anand, since if it comes down to blitz sudden death, Anand is likely to outplay Carlsen. 

    I'm pleased so far, although I would have really, really loved to see Anand win that last game. That would have been awesome. 


  • 10 months ago


    @zwishenjug11 When has carlsen ever said anything remotely arrogant? Despite the overwhelming number of people who think he is heavily favored in this game he has yet to say he considers himself the favorite. Seems pretty humble to me. 

  • 10 months ago


    Did Anand miss a definite win? The computer showed 0.58 at one point in the game...?

  • 10 months ago


    Zirtoc, I'm also a fan of Kasparov. Your comment about the George Foreman grill seems a little unfair. If Tyson and Lewis were about to fight, a former champ would likely have some interesting insights into the players' styles or chances of winning. And a former world champ like Kasparov would certainly have insights into the match we've seen so far. I, for one, would love to hear what he has to say. And if some members of the press want to ask Kasparov about Russian politics--well, it wouldn't hurt any of us to have a greater understanding of that subject either.

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