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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  • 3 years ago


    I agree with all that said 1100010_11000001


  • 3 years ago


    So Far Carlsen is been no match for Anand. Carlsen is clearly overrated, he wins over the americans like Nakamura, Kamsky and so on. But Anand is superior. And please, stop talking by the other overrated player: Bobby Fischer, once he made champion he never accepted a challenge. Kasparov, Karpov and Anand have always been better. Im sick of how many of you overrate some players whom doesnt deserve it. Try to be more objective.

  • 3 years ago


    Don't forget about the clocks.  Lots of these decision (mostly criticizing Anand) had to be made without a lot of time to assess all of White's counterplay.  Computers are great at assessing an advantage, but it is usually only along one (often long) critical line.

  • 3 years ago


    carlsen is playing theoretical openings and trying to win in the endgame, vishy isnt playing better, hes just playing by the book.

  • 3 years ago


    Maybe the black defense will have trouble with the doubled rooks after 30.Tae1

  • 3 years ago


    Any idea why vishy did not play 29. .... BxB2? instead of BD4?

  • 3 years ago


    As far as I understand, Anand played better. Why are most people fans of Carlsen?

  • 3 years ago


    Anand missed winning chance 29... Bxb2

  • 3 years ago


    Arjikasa - I rewound the 39th, to save the pawn Anand had to play a check to the king and get the queen out of play. He would have lost a lot more as the white bishop was trained at the pawn in front of king and once the white queen reached there, it was a goner plus a lot more.

  • 3 years ago


    I really can't understand how people can be critical of Anand. Do you think he alone is responsible for a draw? Btw, Anand was the better player today. And please don't forget, he is playing WCC against Carlsen! He has to be guarded. He is the champion. If Carlsen wants to be the champion, let him go for the win. Why should Anand take risks?

  • 3 years ago


    And once again Super GMs on

  • 3 years ago


    خودشان گرفتن دستگاه جان تو هی مساوی

    اینایم شدن استقلال و پیروزی

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    Annand showed that how experienced he is.

  • 3 years ago


    You can't really be critical of one side or the other when your opponent is the best chess player in the world besides yourself.

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen will prevail in the end no doubt about it Laughing

  • 3 years ago


    Annand was fantastic today, Magnus was fortunate who didn't lose

  • 3 years ago


    Nice game but at last it went in to a draw!

  • 3 years ago


    Anand had a great game with black......Carlsen was under pressure in todays game 

  • 3 years ago


    he didnt, he just had no way of defending it

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