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Watch Game 3 of the FIDE World Championship of Chess, Vishy Anand vs. Magnus Carlsen [Updating]

It's worth setting your alarm for.

Carlsen and Anand had the day off Monday, but are back to the chess board on Tuesday for Game 3 of the 2013 FIDE World Chess Championship. The first two games ended in fairly quick and rather disappointing draws, so they enter the match with one point each. Let’s hope Game 3 is a little more exciting.

The game kicks off at 3:00PM in Chennai, India, which translates to a very early 4:00AM start time here in New York. We’ll have the match’s promo video above until the feed for Game 3 is live, which we expect will be some time around 3:00AM. In the meantime, feel free to check out the videos and boards for Game 1 and Game 2.

Expect some great commentary by the four Grand Masters covering the event. GM Susan Polgar explained on Twitter that they’re making a concerted effort to present their commentary in a way that’s easy to understand for anyone, not just chess masters.

As non-chess-masters who just have an interest in the game, we appreciate their take, and can after the first two games can tell you they’re doing a great job of it.

If you want less expert commentary, our own Senior Editor Glen Tickle will be making uninformed, snarky, half-asleep comments on Twitter.

Here is an interactive chessboard with the moves from the game, and analysis. These are the two top players in the world right now, so as far as the analysis goes, just expect everything to be an “optimal move”.

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[Update – 3:55AM] Before the match we asked GM Susan Polgar about whether the players might be feeling pressure from fans not to draw a third game. She doesn’t think it will affect their play.

[Update – 4:58AM] The commentator just mentioned a recent documentary on Magnus Carlsen, where plays chess blindfolded against multiple opponents. This is what he was talking about:

The blindfolded chess big starts around the 25 minute mark.

(via AICF Official)

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