- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

World champion Viswanathan Anand held the advantage but was not able to score the full point as Game 3 of his title defense against Norwegian challenger Magnus Carlsen ended in a draw Tuesday in Chennai, India.

All three games have been drawn so far, but Tuesday’s 51-move game was the most spirited so far, with the Indian pressing from the Black side of a King’s Indian Attack. At one point, Anand’s two bishops controlled much of the board, and Black could have won a pawn, but the champion passed up the opportunity andCarlsen was able to equalize.

A drawn ending of opposite-colored bishops emerged, but Carlsen, refusing Anand’s draw offer at one point, played on until there was just a king and lone bishop left for each player — not enough to deliver checkmate.


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The two players will play 12 games at classical time controls for the title, with a rapid playoff if the score remains knotted. Anand will have the advantage of the white pieces for Wednesday’s Game 4.

The full score of Tuesday’s game:

Carlsen-Anand, Game 3, Chennai, India, November 12, 2013

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. c4 dxc4 4. Qa4+ Nc6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. Nc3 e5 7. Qxc4 Nge7 8. O-O O-O 9. d3 h6 10. Bd2 Nd4 11. Nxd4 exd4 12. Ne4 c6 13. Bb4 Be6 14. Qc1 Bd5 15. a4 b6 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. a5 Rab8 18. Re1 Rfc8 19. axb6 axb6 20. Qf4 Rd8 21. h4 Kh7 22. Nd2 Be5 23. Qg4 h5 24. Qh3 Be6 25. Qh1 c5 26. Ne4 Kg7 27. Ng5 b5 28. e3 dxe3 29. Rxe3 Bd4 30. Re2 c4 31. Nxe6+ fxe6 32. Be4 cxd3 33. Rd2 Qb4 34. Rad1 Bxb2 35. Qf3 Bf6 36. Rxd3 Rxd3 37. Rxd3 Rd8 38. Rxd8 Bxd8 39. Bd3 Qd4 40. Bxb5 Qf6 41. Qb7+ Be7 42. Kg2 g5 43. hxg5 Qxg5 44. Bc4 h4 45. Qc7 hxg3 46. Qxg3 e5 47. Kf3 Qxg3+ 48. fxg3 Bc5 49. Ke4 Bd4 50. Kf5 Bf2 51. Kxe5 Bxg3+ Draw agreed.