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


    To those of you who are still asking why Anand gave up the passed pawn, here's a line for you to consider...

  • 3 years ago


    One of Carlsen secret success that help him become number one beside his great stamina is that he approach the game first with tatics, and then as a "Problem Solver" or "Puzzle Solver"...realize he didn't get the advantage he want and position might be losing he quickly trade off the bishop for the knight...Certainly Knight opening is a good choice for Carlsen because it don't limits to the many usual defense that D or E4 opening has...Games will get more interesting as more pressure built up.  So far so good for the champ though.

  • 3 years ago


    Good.They are playing real chess.Good luck to you both.May the best worthy man win.May the next worthy man accept defeat graciously.Like a warrior

  • 3 years ago


    To summarise todays game


    Anand played well.


    Calrsen played well too, but lost the plot as his opening didn't connect well with the middle game.


    He defended well, and the result is a draw!!


    Going forward, Anand has great chances to retain the title. Carlsen's nerves are failing, but i can't blame him!  Kasparov was getting pounded by Karpov in 84 until the match was called off

  • 3 years ago


    with only 9 games left it might only take one mistake to win the world championship. in one way this is exciting but 24games would have been better for the chess world.

  • 3 years ago


    The championship is hotting up. Expect now fiery chess in the games to come, especially when Carlsen is white and who knows even when he is black. I now see Vishy is a tough cookie, no wonder he is still the world champ all these years! He is hanging on to his title by a very thick thread after allLaughing

  • 3 years ago


    What a great game. So many dramatic moves. It was certainly not boring!

  • 3 years ago


    Agreed with MSC, obviously most of these posts criticising the play are by super-strong players with deep understanding of the game, and certainly none of them are merely using the numbers Houdini gave to form their opinions.

    This was a great game in my opinion - Black did have a little advantage for most of the game but Carlsen defended well, 28.e3 might have been objectively a sub-optimal move but really, it seems that if Anand dares to play 29...Bxb2 he will meet with a lot of counterplay which would be very difficult to deal with in the time allowed. Hence it wasn't a bad idea. Of course Anand didn't "miss" 29...Bxb2, it was just a very complicated position that maybe he couldn't quite judge correctly, being human.

    As for 37...Rd8, it does clarify the situation to a dead draw, although I'm pretty sure it was already clear to the players - as mentioned in the article 37...Bd4 really gets nowhere.

    For me, the positions in this game were interesting and had character, and I enjoyed watching it live!

  • 3 years ago



    I'm sorry, but your comments are so ignorant.  You are judged in chess only by your peers.  Tal, Petrosian, Larsen, Keres, Geller, Korchnoi and the list has a lot more (recognizable) names. They all thought he was great...and he beat them all (actually I think Geller had a plus score??).  He was easily the best of that age.  Gary Kasparov in his book series, devoted an entire book just to him.

  • 3 years ago


    Nice game.. my loyalties lie with the old guard. Agreed Magnus is an up coming star in the mould of Kasparov, but, he does not seem to be not quite there yet I think Anand would have had a tougher battle with Kramnik.

  • 3 years ago


    Still early days, 9 more games to go, if Carlsen hasn't won a game by 6th round, I think his confidence will start to suffer, frustration will kick in, he will push too hard and the wise Indian GM will nick two games from him.

    And it will be a long, long walk back to the drawing board. I hope that doesn't happen, but it is more likely by the day.

  • 3 years ago


    Annand could not win it sad didnt play great at the middle and end

  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    for people saying why not 29...Bxb2 I am no expert or anything but I think this gives white a lot of ideas and play after 30.Rae1 Rb6 31.Bd5 Rdd6 32.Bxe6 fxe6 33.Qh3 wins the pawn back and I like white here

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen will show us some superpowerful games, just wait. 



    Fischer Forever!  no one was matched for him at the board of chess.

  • 3 years ago


    Definite a sight to ponder

  • 3 years ago


    It seems like Anand is taking the measure of Carlsen.  We have not yet seen the best they can play.  Hopefully we will get to see their talents in the remaining games.

  • 3 years ago


    poor game by carlsen.equally bad for anand too.he missed so many chances and even a beginner could have moved better during the middle and end game.

  • 3 years ago


    Jerrysaw Nakamura is +3-0=7 vs Anand. What is your point? Magnus is the ebst player in the world but Anand is a special case and this is match play. You earn your ratings so it is impossible to be overrated.

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