Anand wins Round 3, ties 1.5 – 1.5

GM Viswanathan Anand won Round 3 and tied the score at 1.5 – 1.5 in the 2014 World Chess Championship.

Playing the white pieces, Anand was able to outmaneuver GM Magnus Carlsen in the Queen’s Gambit Declined, classical variation. With black castled on the kingside and the center locked, Carlsen made a play for the queenside and tried to open up the game.  Anand however fended off black’s plan and was even able to post a pawn at c7.  This gave Anand more space and led Carlsen to struggle in fighting to free himself from a slightly cramped position.

With a bishop guarding the c7-pawn, Anand put more pressure by posting his queen and rook on the c-file. Although Carlsen was able to remove the troublesome pawn, Anand’s domination of the board proved too much.  Facing time trouble and having sacrificed the rook for a bishop for some counter play, Carlsen resigned after Anand made his 34th move.