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


    For those of you who do not have much regard for rapid, or blitz, please
    remember this-in all likelihood given the three draws so far, that for for
    the third consecutive time, the world championship WILL be decided
    by rapid chess play (I hope, anyhow, that blitz does not become necessary,
    as this would truly be a discredit to the world chamionship.  

  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    17...f5 weakens the seventh rank, which is part of the point of White's control of the a-file.

  • 3 years ago


    Can anyone tell me why on move 17 black didn't play f5? When the knight retreats to d2 we can easily exchange the bishops and then take e2 pawn, no?

  • 3 years ago


    ...there are only 959 reasons ( according to your on admitted logic ) ...that shows you are certainly capable of missing a crucial point with anything and perhaps you should take a 2nd look...basing the viability of 960 to better determine the true chess skills of world championship calibre players, on your own inablility to grasp it's concepts is ludicrous. It only shows your failings to understand the depths of the positional and tactical understanding of the truly elite. Also, to think that neither Vishy or Magnus has ever tried their hand at 960, after all of these years of playing chess, is even dumber than anything else you have asserted so far...

  • 3 years ago


    It seems to me I have found it:

  • 3 years ago


    Vishy's really bringing it to Carlsen, all 3 games Vishy has had the initiative. But, Carlsen is a defensive beast so it's up to Vishy to crack the mighty walls carlsen sets up.

  • 3 years ago


    Could someone explain to me what were the "last year's statements by Kasparov about Anand"?

    Thanks in advance.

  • 3 years ago


    expectations from the carlsen has increased. but the games showed that the opponent is much powerful than advertisements.

  • 3 years ago


    Actually a better comparison would be to have you centers play shooting guard, your point guards be a center, your small forward play point guard and your poward forward be the center...actually the Miami Heat do something similar all of the time...

    seriously...the standard chess position is contained within is relevant...

  • 3 years ago


    @nameno1had 960 chess isn't chess. It's a different game that uses the same pieces. For that reason I don't think it will ever be used in a setting such as this.

    That'd be like having 10 men, 2 hoops, and 1 basketball on a basketball court, and seeing which team can pull down the other team's shorts the fastest, thus exposing their boxer-briefs.

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you, Marcokim!

  • 3 years ago


    Marcokim, exactly, that is what's I'm trumpetting all the time. :)

  • 3 years ago


    Mr. Markokim.... What can i say.... youre absolutely right.... maybe im quiting to Poker, haha

  • 3 years ago


    I think is time for the real fireworks to start already!

  • 3 years ago


    Chess is played out, chess isn't skill any more, chess is about memory, blah blah blah blah....NONSENSE

    Fact: Fischer/Spassky 1972, 11draws out of 21 games

    Fact:Karpov/Kasparov 1985, 16draws out of 24 games

    Fact:Capablanca/Alekhine 1927, 25draws out of 34 games

    Fact: Capablanca/Lasker 1921, 10draws out of 14games

    Chess has been getting played out since the narcissist psycho American beat the Russian and then abandoned chess. That narcissistic psycho didn't tell the world that he had memorized more than 12,000 games and he used to study chess games, positions and openings 10hrs a day since he was 8yrs old. BULLsh*t, chess has been getting played out for the last 100yrs.

    We are a culture of instant gratification, instant coffee, instant downloads, instant streaming, instant computer analysis, instant heroes and instant hoes... thats the f*ck the problem, not chess. Chess is a 15th century brawl being scrutinized by 21st century geeks with the patience of a donkey on heat.

    In the old days they used to send a telegram everyweek to tell the world how the games were going. So wait until Saturday, calm the effin down, and receive 4more games and analyse then or Fritz or Houdini (or whichever program you wasted your money on).

    The first 12 moves in chess have more than 1,000,000,000 variations, granted some aren't rational but there at least several hundred thousand undiscovered continuations of the first 12 moves, Carslen just needs to dig a little deeper into his creative self and prepare a bit better. This isn't tourney play this is the real deal.

    Bobby Fischer said this, and Bobby Fischer said that, Bobby Fischer was also a narcissistic psycho and Karpov, Kasparov, Smyslov and others went on to discover numerous novelties without Bobby Fischer.

    TIRED of all this stuff, go get laid and wait until Saturday and then maybe you can criticize....JESUS effin CHRIST

  • 3 years ago


    @ 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.

  • 3 years ago


    @ 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.

  • 3 years ago


    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.

  • 3 years ago



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