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Thursday, May 3, 2012

World Chess Champion Anand Expects Strong Contest from Gelfand

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In an interview with an Indian newspaper, World Chess Champion Vishy Anand has said that he expects a tough competition from Challenger Boris Gelfand at the upcoming clash for the world title in Moscow from May 10. 

Viswanathan Anand said his results had not been encouraging lately but it was unlikely to have an effect on the title chess clash. “My own tournament results have not been great in the last few months. I don’t want to dwell on the role played by form. The introspection can wait till June. Now the focus is Moscow and doing well there.”

Anand said, “He (Gelfand) is a player who is very principled in his chess understanding. He is well-versed in theory and I would say he is one of the best theoreticians in chess. He has a very classic understanding of chess."

Anand said he gets along well with Gelfand. “Since we have played each other for over two decades, we know each other on and off the board quite well. We get along well and have visited each other at each other’s home in Spain and Israel, respectively.”

“He is a tough opponent for me and defeated me in the first four encounters. In 1996, I was able to defeat him in Wijk aan Zee and Biel. This match would be a very tough challenge chesswise as you are playing one of the best prepared players in the world. Boris would definitely be very motivated and keen to win.”

Anand had won the last classical game between them. “It was in Wijk aan Zee in 2006. I beat him in the last round to win the tournament along with Topalov. We played each other last in Monaco, 2010. He had a boy during that event and I had Akhil (Anand’s son) soon after,” Anand wrote.

The Chennai-based GM said he is happy with the venue. “Moscow as a venue is always special. It is like playing in the heart of chessland. I am sure the event will be very well organised and I hope that spectators get to enjoy the games."

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