Chess World Championship 2013: Anand and Carlsen at three draws

At the Chess World Championship 2013 in Chennai, neither of the two chess players has been able to secure a victory in the first three matches. After three draws the current score is 1.5:1.5.


Two boring first rounds

Viswanathan Anand

Especially in the first two duels the World Champion Visvanathan Anand (Elo 2775) and World’s Number 1 Magnus Carlsen (Elo 2870) took it slow, so that quick draws were pre-programmed. At the press conference later on, Carlsen was even in the mood of joking around. The Norwegian was asked how he would spend the day off which scheduled in between duels 2 and 3. The world’s number 1 answered he had to recover from these first two exhausting duels.



Anand with winning chance in third duel of Chess World Championship 2013

Magnus Carlsen

Even though the Norwegian made that comment jokingly, it seemed that both candidates, Magnus Carlsen and Visvanathan Anand, had recovered perfectly from the previous matches, as both chess players played a rather interesting third match yesterday at the Chess World Championshp in Chennai. Magnus Carlsen played White, like in the first game, and opened the match with 1.Nf3, while Anand responded with his first move to 2. g6. For quite a while, moves from the popular Reti-Opening followed, until the World Champion finally deviated from this classic strategy by moving 11.Nd4. The course of the game even gave the title defender the chance in securing the first victory, as he was positioned much better on the board. However, the Norwegian was able to find his way back into the duel and achieved a draw. At least, the third duel of the World Championship 2013 had, for the first time, some excitement to offer.


Further course of World Championship 2013 in Chennai

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Accordingly, answers at the following press conference were given. Anand presented himself as a satisfied World Championship candidate, even had a couple of jokes ready for the journalists. Magnus Carlsen, on the other hand, seemed disappointed. After the first duel was played in 16 moves and the second in 25, the third duel ended in a positional draw after 51 moves. There is not much time left for the two grandmasters to analyze their own game, as the fourth duel is scheduled for today.


Pictures: wikipedia/Autopilot & Stefan64

written by Michael, translated by Birthe