Magnus Carlsen turns tables on Fabiano Caruana in Game 3 draw – as it happened
- Carlsen and Caruana draw in Game 3 (full move-by-move recap)
- Caruana made to defend for draw after promising opening position
Caruana, who was made to scratch for a draw over seven hours in Game 1 before flipping the script on Carlsen in Saturday’s shorter Game 2, managed to mine another promising position from today’s opening. But the American was forced to defend diligently for a third straight draw after 49 moves and four and a quarter hours (move-by-move recap). The position looked equal and drawish from around move 20, but the dogged Carlsen refused to let up and in fact it may have been the Norwegian champion who let the challenger off the hook somewhat with his 39th move (39. … Nc5) before the action petered out to a peaceful finish. A short match, relatively speaking, and the players will no doubt be grateful for the extra preparation time ahead of Tuesday’s Game 4.
“I thought it was uncomfortable from the opening and I may have mixed up something,” Carlsen says, per Tarjei Svensen. “Then I got an advantage in the endgame, I don’t think I had any chances, but I would have liked to do something more.
“From the start, I thought it was a bit uncomfortable. I just tried to limit his advantage as much as possible. When we reached the endgame, I thought I had equalized. When we reached the endgame, I didn’t really play for a win. … It was only when I had forced his pawn on a black square and established it there, I thought I would be able to press him.”