Speaking at the post-game conference after drawing the third game as white, Carlsen though agreed that things did not go his way right from the start of the middle game. (Agencies)
"I think I made a couple of misjudgments in the middle game, my position was worse and then I made it even worse. I underestimated this plan with 'b5' giving up the Bishop. I did not have any idea what was happening next, just happy to survive," the 22-year-old Norwegian said.
Carlsen was not happy with the way things had turned out for him.
"I missed some simple things, early itself I misplayed something. Although it should be said that it was not a disaster. I mean if I had black here it's a fairly common kind of position, it looked scary," he said.
Anand, on his part, said that 'white' always had some play even though the analysis engines showed that he was marginally better with black piece.
"Obviously for black, what he is getting is the two Bishops, if I can role my queen side pawns down it could be unpleasant for white. Even though I have the two Bishops, white actually keeps control of the open file and he has enough counter play," the defending champion said.
Five-time world champion Anand gave further insight of the game, noting some fine prints.
"When the Queen was floating around and then went to the 'h1', I thought the best was what I went for. I felt if swept out light square Bishops white is just fine, In time pressure 'g6' is rather weaker than any other white pawn I thought it should be manageable. I might have been mistaken but I thought white had enough play," he said.
Speaking at the post-game conference after drawing the third game as white, Carlsen though agreed that things did not go his way right from the start of the middle game.