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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Exciting Game 3 at World Chess Championship 2013: Carlsen - Anand 1/2- 1/2

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Hello everyone,

Game 3 of the FIDE World Chess Championship Match in Chennai finished in a draw shortly after the first time control today. Magnus Carlsen, as White, was ready to enter the opening discussion by repeating the Reti setup from the first game. Only this time he made an early c2-c4 advance, before committing with the d-pawn.

Viswanathan Anand responded by taking on c4 and the play was definitely heading to a different structure, compared to the earlier game. Black seized the space in the center with e7-e5 and the position was finally a Sicilian Dragon Reversed.

White had some issues with piece coordination, but he solved the problem by conceding bishops pair and opening the a-file. Carlsen maneuvered his queen around until it landed on the ‘unusual’ h1-square. But the Norwegian already had his queen on h1 in one game earlier this year.

However, Anand immediately started advancing his queenside majority, to which Carlsen answered by opening the play in the center.

Anand could have snatched a pawn on b2, but he preferred to keep the initiative going with 29…Bd4. As the commentators on the official website pointed out, the opposite-coloured bishops and presence of the heavy pieces favour the attacking side.

In mutual time trouble black lost the track and white was able to conveniently bring the queen back into game. Further, black lost the extra pawn and the game soon ended in a draw.

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  • At November 12, 2013 at 11:25 AM , Anonymous Aks, Chennai said...

    Yes it was an exciting game as compared to the first two. I expect a result around game 7. that is the nature of the match. But Anand let go of Carlsen today.

  • At November 12, 2013 at 11:33 AM , Anonymous J.L. Vienna said...

    We will see but Carlsen has admitted to being nervous today. That is very strange.

  • At November 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM , Anonymous Terrence, NY said...

    Will Magnus Carlsen repeat the Caro Kann? in Game 4

  • At November 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM , Anonymous Senthil r, Chennai said...

    Today's game was a slight disappointment for Anand fans. It would be great if he won soon and then the pressure would really be on Carlsen who admitted to being nervous today. @Terrence Carlsen can only play Caro Kann if Anand plays e4.

  • At November 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM , Anonymous srinivasan s, Chennai said...

    It seemed a bit strange that Carlsen has been nervous with Black white Anand has been a picture of poise. Nothing that the bettors would have thought of before the match started. I have a feeling Anand has a good chance of retianing the title.


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