In the third game of their four-game No-Castling contest for the Sparkassen Chess Trophy, former world champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw by a determined Vladimir Kramnik. After a 61-move draw, the Indian master led 2-1 and holds the edge going into the last game.
In-game three late on Saturday, Anand, playing white, gained an advantage and built pressure on the Russian in an English Defense game. Kramnik, on the other hand, came back to secure a hard-fought tie. Later on Sunday, in the fourth and final game, the two will face off. To win, Anand only needs a draw.
On Wednesday, the second match between the two former World champions finished in a tie. The Indians had taken the lead after winning the first game on Tuesday.
The match is part of the Russian GM’s creation of “No-Castling” chess.
Castling is not allowed in this format in an effort to make the game more interesting. Castling is a special move that protects the king while also allowing the rook to be activated. It’s the only occasion a chess player can move two pieces at the same time.
Last week, Anand competed in the Croatia Grand Chess Tour tournament in Zagreb, finishing in second place overall.