WCC 2014 G3: Anand to Carlsen--Game On!

11.11.14 After a devastating loss in Game 2, the Tiger from Madras came back with a vengeance in Game 3 and tied the match at 1.5 points apiece. Anand played a super sharp line in the Queen's Gambit Declined and established a passed pawn on c7 on move 14. He was clearly still in his preparation after his 23rd move and beyond. When Carlsen spent 30+ minutes thinking on move 17 it was evident that the challenger had prepared a particularly venomous line that was hitting its mark and the hunter had become the hunted.

Anand has reason to smile. He has tied the match at 1.5 points after a brilliant victory in Game 3. Photo courtesy Susan Polgar

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 Total
Magnus Carlsen 2863 1/2 1 0 1.5
Vishwanathan Anand 2792 1/2 0 1 1.5

GM Jonathan Rowson commenting on Twitter had this to say about Anand's performance in Game 3: "Powerful opening, precise calculation, good technique, excellent time management. He played, dare I say it, like a World Champion."

It was a masterful performance with deep opening preparation. During the press conference immediately following the game Anand admitted that his preparation took him to at least move 24.

It was an interesting synchronicity when Anand set up an Alekhine's gun of his own (a strategy Carlsen used in Game 2) on move 34. That move was enough for Carlsen to offer his hand in resignation.

Game 4 tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. eastern.

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Twelve games will be played between November 8 and 28. The first player to score 6.5 points or more will be the World Champion. In case of a tie rapid and (if necessary) blitz games on November 27 will decide the match.

The venue is the Sochi Media Center, in Sochi, Russia. Players have 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds added per move starting from move 61. The prize fund is 1 million euro with 60% going to the match winner.

World Chess Championship 2014
Match Schedule

Games will begin at 3:00 p.m. Moscow time which is 7:00 a.m. on the east coast of the United States.

08 November 2014 Saturday Game 1
09 November 2014 Sunday Game 2

10 November 2014 Monday Rest day

11 November 2014 Tuesday Game 3
12 November 2014 Wednesday Game 4

13 November 2014 Thursday Rest day

14 November 2014 Friday Game 5
15 November 2014 Saturday Game 6

16 November 2014 Sunday Rest day

17 November 2014 Monday Game 7
18 November 2014 Tuesday Game 8

19 November 2014 Wednesday Rest day

20 November 2014 Thursday Game 9
21 November 2014 Friday Game 10

22 November 2014 Saturday Rest day

23 November 2014 Sunday Game 11

24 November 2014 Monday Rest day

25 November 2014 Tuesday Game 12

26 November 2014 Wednesday Rest day

27 November 2014 Thursday Tie-break games


Brilliant win for Anand! Though some spectators seem to be blaming Carlson's sound defeat on Anand's "preparation". Truth is, Carlson can be beatable against consistently accurate play following an acquired advantage.

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