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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

47617 reads 191 comments
14 votes


  • 18 months ago


    Im just glad that they finally "played" a game. The initial back to back, agreed draws, were a bit dissapointing. This game went the distance, even though it drawed too, lol. Just good to see the heavyweights mix it up. I dont expect to see many more draws :}>.......hopefully.

  • 18 months ago


    Anand and Carlsen both r my favourite players but i like anand a bit more coz he is undisputed champion and never shows any kind of arrogance like carlsen sometimes

  • 18 months ago


    i feel that anand is going to win this match because he is very difficult to beat in a match whereas magnus is much more suited to tournament play

  • 18 months ago



    Wrong answer.

    Chessdoggblack is just a pretender, I'm the real deal Wink

  • 18 months ago


    first, after Nd2 we first exchange bishops, and second after Re1 threat we take another pawn on d3. Black cant take pawn on c6 as the knight is hanging

  • 18 months ago


    very intense game.. watched it last night

  • 18 months ago


    @ Zirtoc - almost as if the media just wants a subplot... Sealed

  • 18 months ago


    17...f5 18.Nd2 Qxe2? 19.Re1 Qg4 20.axb6 axb6 21.Rxa8 Rxa8 22.Bxd5+ cxd5 23.Qc6 and White has a clear advantage.

  • 18 months ago


    Although its not terrible Carlsen did had a few problems with time management in the past. Unexpectedly, Anand in his 43 years, with strong time management and opening preparation may have time on his side.

    Also, the Reti is not doing very well, Carlsen might change his opening choice for the next games...

  • 18 months ago


    On the 17th move, why did Anand not play 17) ..., f5. Once the White Knights retreats to d2, Black can take the white pawn on e2.

    And later, the white pawn on d3 also will fail.

    What am I missing?

  • 18 months ago


    I'm a fan of Kasparov, but why do people think he deserves a press conference?  "Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis are about to fight...so let's hear about George Foreman's new grill!"  I don't get it.

  • 18 months ago



  • 18 months ago


    I don´t hate Carlsen. I just can´t stand his rooters (supporters)

  • 18 months ago



    Dimitry Andreiken. By the way are you and chessdoggblack the same person? 

  • 18 months ago


    @liptak Kasparov said last year that: Unfrotunately, the championship match between Anand and Gelfand did not determine the strongest player in the world. 

  • 18 months ago


    Chess game show: OK! Today's pop quiz question of the year. One half second time limit only. His last name starts with the letter (A). Can you guess who he is? Ready...set...GO! Cool

  • 18 months ago



  • 18 months ago


    Hope Anand wins over Mr. Retreat

  • 18 months ago


    his post isnt even bothering about

  • 18 months ago


    Yes it does, but isn't a clear pawn and strong attacking force with queen on e2 and f4 coming a good compensation for that, i mean should we definitely disregard this variation?

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