WCC R3: After Tense Struggle, Game 3 Drawn in 51 Moves

11.12.13 Playing the white pieces, Carlsen again essayed 1. Nf3 as he did in Game 1. Carlsen steered the game into a non-theoretical position, just the type that he excels at. However, he drifted in the transition to the middle game and was somewhat worse with his queen entombed on the h1 square for nine moves. Down a pawn, he extricated himself masterfully from a difficult game. Anand offered a draw after 40...Qf6 which Carlsen declined choosing instead to play on for eleven more moves until a king and bishop vs king and bishop endgame resulted.

Magnus Carlsen (right) and Vishwanathan Anand shake hands at the beginning of the third game of the World Championship Match being played in Chennai, India.

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Total
Vishy Anand 2775 1/2 1/2 1/2 1.5
Magnus Carlsen 2870 1/2 1/2 1/2 1.5

On move Carlsen played 14. Qc1 a retrogressive queen move that took commentators off guard followed by another surprise 15. a4. These moves give a glimpse into Carlsen's match strategy of playing an indirect, cat-and-mouse type of game as contrasted to Anand's play which is exhibited by a desire for clarity and direct threats. A crucial moment occurred on black's 23rd when Anand, to the delight of spectators, spurned a triple-repeat draw with 23...h5. When the smoke had cleared after reaching the first time control, it was Magnus's turn to decline a draw offer by playing 41. Qb7+ to make a point and send a message more than anything. At that point, the game was dead even and the players shook hands shortly thereafter.

At the press conference, Magnus conceded he had difficulties saying, "I made a couple of misjudgements in the middle game, my position was worse, then even worse," and, "I didn't have any idea what was happening next, I was happy to survive." Carlsen added, "As far as content and excitement it was pretty good."

Anand seemed in a good mood after the game making two comments that had reporters chuckling. There had been some chatter that former world champion Garry Kasparov was on site to watch the games and throw his support behind his former student Magnus Carlsen. Kasparov has declared his candidacy for FIDE president in the upcoming election. The question to Anand was, "Do you feel intimidated that Mr. Kasparov is in the building?" To which Anand responded, "Is he now like Elvis?" Later on in the press conference Anand was asked what he thought of Carlsen's preparation thus far in the match. Anand got a few laughs with his response, "I'm flattered that you think I would answer that!"

Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday, November 12th at 4:30 a.m. eastern time.

All the games of the Match can be found here.

Official Match Website

Official Schedule

Time control is 40 moves in 2 hours followed by 20 moves in 1 hour then 15 minutes for the remainder of the game with a 30 second increment beginning on move 61.

Times are on the east coast of the U.S.

11.07.2013 Opening Ceremony 5:30 A.M.
11.09.2013 Game 1 4:30 A.M.
11.10.2013 Game 2 4:30 A.M.
11.11.2013 Rest Day
11.12.2013 Game 3 4:30 A.M.
11.13.2013 Game 4 4:30 A.M.
11.14.2013 Rest Day
11.15.2013 Game 5 4:30 A.M.
11.16.2013 Game 6 4:30 A.M.
11.17.2013 Rest Day
11.18.2013 Game 7 4:30 A.M.
11.19.2013 Game 8 4:30 A.M.
11.20.2013 Rest Day
11.21.2013 Game 9 4:30 A.M.
11.22.2013 Game 10 4:30 A.M.
11.23.2013 Rest Day
11.24.2013 Game 11 4:30 A.M.
11.25.2013 Rest Day
11.26.2013 Game 12 4:30 A.M.
11.27.2013 Rest Day
11.28.2013 Tie Break Games To be decided
11.29.2013 Closing Ceremony To be decided

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