Veselin Topalov finally managed to get on the board in the third game of his match with Vladimir Kramnik. On the black side of another Catalan Topalov made a draw in 38 moves. This was no grandmaster draw, however. Topalov fought hard as always to generate chances, and at one point might have pressed too hard. Kramnik had chances to play for win, but the variations were difficult to analyze and Kramnik predictably went for the safe draw. Up two points, there’s no reason for him to take chances.
Three exciting, hard-fought games so far. If Topalov can win with white in game four I think he will be right back in the match. Stay tuned!