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NC World Masters Game 3: Kramnik escapes with a draw against Anand

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/07/2021

The third game of No Castling World Masters after a rest day, between the legends - Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik was an exciting one. It seemed like Anand is going to win the endgame but Kramnik somehow managed to escape with a draw. Sasikiran has won the No Castling Chess Sparkassen Online Open Finals with an unbeaten 6.0/7. He has earned an invitation to the 49th International Dortmund Chess Days in 2022. Anand is leading the four-game match 2-1. Will he win the match or Kramnik is going to level the score? Watch Game 4 Live today on ChessBase India youtube channel from 4:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Christian Lünig, Arbeitsblende

Sasikiran wins Sparkassen Online Open

The third game in the NC World Masters of the 48th International Dortmund Chess Days was an extremely close game. Kramnik was in a difficult situation in the endgame, but he somehow managed to salvage a draw against Anand.

Anand almost won the match against Kramnik | Photo: Christian Lünig, Arbeitsblende

Game 3: Anand - Kramnik: 0.5-0.5

The third game was an exciting draw. It seemed like Anand was completely winning the endgame.

Position after 45...Re4+

45...Re4+ allowed the white king to advance forward capture the important d6-pawn. 46.Kd5 Rhxf4 47.Rxf4 Rxf4 48.Rc1 Kg6 49.Kxd6 Rd4+

Position after 49...Rd4+

White can directly play 50.Kc7 or go 50.Ke6 Re4+ 51.Kd7 Rd4+ 52.Kc8 and this one turns out to be decisive for White. The game continued 50...f4 51.c5 f3 and it eventually lead to a draw. Check out the complete analysis by Anand and Kramnik in the video below.

Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik analyse their third game of the match | Video: Dortmund Chess Channel
Where did Vishy go wrong? | Video: ChessBase India

Sasikiran wins Sparkassen Online Open

Sasikiran won the No Castling Chess Sparkassen Online Open Finals with an unbeaten 6.0/7. He will be invited to the 49th International Dortmund Chess Days in 2022. A total of ten players from seven nations across the world took part in the finals.

Final standings:

1st GM Krishnan Sasikiran (IND) 6.0/7

2nd Julian Nöldner (GER) 5.5/7

3rd Marcel Petersen (GER) 4.5/7

4th IM Matthias Dann (GER) 4.5/7

5th GM Alexander Bagrationi (ISR) 4.5/7

 

Games and complete standings

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Anand vs Kramnik No Castling World Masters - Game 3

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