More Chess Grandmasters due to Chess Inflation: Anand
"It's happening because there are stronger players now having similar (ELO) ratings. These days the kids ask me about how I open with black pieces etc. Just goes on to show how the awareness about the game has risen," he observed.
Anand went on to applaud the achievements of the new crop of youngsters who have done India proud. "Chess as a game develops concentration, patience and ability to draw conclusions. That's why I became part of MCA to popularise chess in schools and the results are great - we recently got a under-12 champion in Murali Karthikeyan through this initiative," the 42-year-old informed.
Terming his fifth World Championship title as the "most difficult one" to achieve, Anand said, "Normally I try not to read newspapers or websites to keep focus on my game as you might get affected by some comment or other."
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