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The third game of the Anand-Kasparov match for the PCA world championship, like the first two, ended in a draw. Unlike those games, however, this was a full-blooded battle in which Anand may have missed a chance to win.

After 11 moves, they reached the same position as in the first game, but this time instead of adopting a cautious plan of Q-side pressure with Qd2, Rad1, Bf3 and Nb3, Anand pointed his forces directly at his opponent's king. The bishop went to d3, leaving f3 free for the knight, and the queen was developed more aggressively via e1 to g3.

Anand thought for nearly half-an-hour before playing 19.e5 - longer than he has often spent on an entire game. With Bxh7+ sacrifices in the air and any capture of the bishop on d3 met by exf6, Kasparov needed to defend with great care. He played 19...Rf8 after nine minutes' thought, when the spectators became enthusiastic over 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.Bxh7+!? Kxh7 22.Ng5+ Bxg5 23.fxg5. Anand thought for 23 minutes before rejecting it, but the general feeling was he missed a good chance.

White: V Anand

Black: G Kasparov

1 e4 c5 20 Bxc5 dxc5

2 Nf3 d6 21 Bc4 Bd5

3 d4 cxd4 22 Nxd5 exd5

4 Nxd4 Nf6 23 Bb3 c4

5 Nc3 a6 24 Ba4 Nc6

6 Be2 e6 25 c3 fxe5

7 0-0 Be7 26 Nxe5 Nxe5

8 a4 Nc6 27 fxe5 Qe6

9 Be3 0-0 28 Bc2 Rxf1+

10 f4 Qc7 29 Rxf1 Rf8

11 Kh1 Re8 30 Rxf8+ Bxf8

12 Bd3 Nb4 31 Qf4 g6

13 a5 Bd7 32 Bd1 Qf7

14 Nf3 Bc6 33 Qd4 Qf1+

15 Bb6 Qc8 34 Qg1 Qxg1+

16 Qe1 Nd7 35 Kxg1 Kf7

17 Bd4 Nc5 36 Bg4 b6

18 Qg3 f6 Draw agreed.

19 e5 Rf8

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