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


  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years 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!

  • 3 years ago


    @johnosim ditto

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago

    NM papapizza

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years 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.

  • 3 years 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 :)

  • 3 years ago


    @IMpfren: nice!

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


    nice games....

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years 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. 


  • 3 years 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. 

  • 3 years ago


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

  • 3 years 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.

  • 3 years ago

    IM pfren

    28.e3!! was a fantastic recipe, truely a genius move. 28.Nxe6 was probably equal, but with Black on the driving seat.

    Carlsen's intution was just spot on- 28.e3!! creates a messy, unbalanced position, where Blak'c best was entering a drawn, pawn-up ending with opposite coloured bishops (that is, after dealing with the nasty tactical nuances white would create after accepting the b2 gift). I have analysed this position for several hours with Houdini and Stockfish, and I can say for sure that with perfect play, Black has nothing better than entering this (equal) endgame.

    An engine user, would probably play 28.Nxe6 and draw, but there, it's clear that Black has all the fun. After 28.e3!! Black has to be very accurate to avoid being busted, and still, with best play, he has no more than a draw.

    28.e3!! is a move I would never consider, and the same goes for the best chess engines. Still, Carlsen played this, because he is a chess genius- not a patzer, like me, or a chess engine.

  • 3 years ago



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

    thank you I didn't get that reference.

  • 3 years 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.

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