For Viswanathan Anand, 13 is not an unlucky number. Desperate for a win to keep his chances alive against young champion Magnus Carlsen in the world chess championship, Viswanathan Anand won game No. 3 in Sochi on Tuesday. It was Viswanathan Anand's first win in 13 world chess championship matches against Carlsen.
It was also the third time that Anand bounced back immediately after losing a world championship game. Carlsen had won game No. 2 on Sunday. Whenever Anand has hit back like this, he has gone to win the world championship crown.
In Sofia in 2010, Anand lost game 1 against Veselin Topalov but clinched game No. 2. In 2012 in Moscow, Anand lost game 7 against Boris Gelfand but won game no. 8. Both years, Anand became the world champion. This time in Sochi the 44-year-old Anand is aiming for his sixth world title.