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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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  • 8 months ago

    nameno1had

    @ Ish_Iotus

    Did it occur to you that Magnus knew it would most likely be a draw also, but he chose to play on for two reasons ?

    One is the fans had been short changed in his mind and if the other playing was thinking it was a draw, there was a possibility he could catch him sleep walking through the rest of game and take advantage of any mistake.

  • 8 months ago

    nameno1had

    @ kebanaboy

    I think they should use 960 at classical time controls to decide the winner. The position should be chosen at random, by a computer, not letting the participants practice it ahead of time. It should be a mini match, with each player having white and black once and the 3rd game's colors could be drawn by the players themselves from a "hat" or "bag".

    I think the reason for dull games in this match is that each player knows the openings, strategical themes for them or something similar and is used to the tactical posibilities for the position or similar positions. If they had to quickly adapt to an unknown 960 position, it would help to really show who the better player is.

    If the match is still a draw after this, then a new position of 960, for a 3 game match of random blitz, with the same format for the previous 960 mini match should be used. I think 10 min. per side should suffice. This should produce a clear winner and most likely, easily. If not, then  I could be willing to accept the match is a draw.

  • 8 months ago

    jittu

    Game was good. . !! But the thin is 'reti opning deserving in world titel??? now i blive in anand cud lift the tittle . . Best wishes from jammu and kashmir . . 'Ajit Singh . . Love from himalaya.

  • 8 months ago

    Ish_lotus

    CARLSEN HAS DECLINED DRAW OFFER AFTER THE MOVE 40, IT SHOWS THAT ANAND IS MUCH BETTER IN ANALYSIS. ANAND KNEW THAT THE GAME IS CLEAR DRAW.. BUT CARLSEN DIDNT GET IT, AND REFUSED DRAW...!!!

  • 8 months ago

    zezpwn44

    Grandest, if it's so easy to draw world-class players, go do it yourself. Random chess has never been used for serious competitions and hopefully never will be. 

  • 8 months ago

    Ish_lotus

    I DONT THINK ANAND MISSED THE CHANCE BY NOT PLAYING BXB2 EARLIER.. I THINK AFTER THAT THERE WILL BE CLEARLY WHITE ATTACK, ANAND WANTED TO EXCHANGE ALL THE PIECES, THE ONLY WAY TO AVOID COMPLICATIONS. WINNING A PAWN, DOESNT MEAN THE GAME IS ALL YOURS..! THEY ALL GMs, THEY KNOWS BETTER THAN BEST..

  • 8 months ago

    andrewfeist

    @Jerrysaw10

    lol what downfall?

  • 8 months ago

    grandestmonster

    A much more exciting game but I still think chess is played out...With most openings analysed out to 20-30 moves,endings discected to several places  and chess machines given the task of adjournment move-crunching modern match chess is more a test of memory and technical resources rather than skill...The two best players in the world going for the title should prove it, not limp along...Perhaps if Random Chess (960)was used for title matches it would sort things out? With modern opening theory basically useless it would place both players in the position of having to show their true abilities...As it stands things are looking grim for chess..but what will we obsess about next?....Hmmmmm...

  • 8 months ago

    MadMaltenX

    I can beat both at same time.

  • 8 months ago

    Ish_lotus

    TheMotherLode.. just chill.. except you, no one having problem.. media increasng day by day, jounalist increasing.. Its v.common... everyone enjoying game, and magnus getting special treatment daily.. so dont worry, worry about yourself poor man... :)

  • 8 months ago

    KSIVA

    anand will win the title

  • 8 months ago

    hgsrivara

    Excellent game though it did not produce a winner. Hope the games get better and better untill we see the best of both players-Srivara HG,Bangalore

  • 8 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    "Again without thinking," and "Without thinking," seem completely wrong.  Maybe not on that turn, but I saw it as the players saw these moves coming and already had a response ready for them and took just enough time to make sure it was the move they planned for.

  • 8 months ago

    CP6033

    This is a real draw. Excellent game by Anand putting some pressure on magnus even though i am cheering for the norwegian

  • 8 months ago

    fianrep

    Why not 13.Qc1? Can anyone tell me?

  • 8 months ago

    Jerrysaw10

    If Carlsen were a military officer, what would he say to to his troops?

    RETREAT !!!  haha

  • 8 months ago

    hgsrivara

    Excellent game though at the end did not produce a winner. Hope the games get better and better untill we see best of both the players.

  • 8 months ago

    kebanaboy

    Yes this was a better game, but consider the fact that Carlsen hasn't yet even achieved an advantage in a game as white. That shows that he's playing unambitiously.

    The only way he'll win is if he starts playing his real game instead of this "try not to lose" game. Because his stamina over long games is his trump card. If they draw all regular games and the championship is decided by blitz games, he's essentially thrown away his trump card.

    Not to mention that the chess world suffers if "the most highly anticipated world championship match of the modern era" and "the most watched chess tournament, ever" continues with draws.

    There needs to be a change in format for the next WCC. Options:

    -Play the tiebreaker blitz games first so that someone always has an edge going into the regular games

    -Increase the game count to 16 or 18 so that a loss early on isn't so near the end of the match

    -Make the match scored something like "the first player to win 4 decisive games" or the like. This guarantees some number of decisive games, and also that there is no incentive to draw forever as there is now

  • 8 months ago

    sridevi19

    this is a great game

  • 8 months ago

    hakim2005

    Jerrysaw10 


    i agree with you, boby will not have chances against karpov at that time

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