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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

World Chess Championship 2014: Anand Snowed in Hard Work, Praises Russian Chess Fed organisers, Carlsen

Hello chess blog friends, former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand is very, very busy these days! He spoke to the Economic Times in India and said, "Lots of work, coffee and Coldplay." Indeed, he is set for his next crack at the World Chess Championship this November.
He is gearing up for the summit clash against incumbent Magnus Carlsen, which begins in Sochi on November 7. He is confident the location will work for him, "I think it will be a very good venue, having played a lot of events and a world championship match in Russia. I can say that the event will be very well organised."

"The Russian chess federation is always led by a very capable team and I am sure they will put together a very good event both for the spectators as well as for the players," he adds.

Anand has returned after a bronze medal finish at the World Rapid Championship held in Dubai in June. He spoke to ET just after the last round of the World Rapid and later continued the conversation from his Chennai residence. 

Despite defeating Carlsen in their individual game, he could not prevent the Norwegian from annexing the world rapid and blitz crowns. Anand was all praise for his rival's ability, "full credit to him, he responded very well, his defeat was very unpleasant but he won two games (after the loss) as if nothing had happened."

You can read the full article at the Economic Times website.

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