Exclusive: Viswanathan Anand knocks critics, says ‘I like playing and that’s it’: Other Sports, News


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    He won World Rapid Chess Championship as well as clinched bronze in the blitz occasion.3 The victories have

  • also boosted his rankings.When you have actually been a world No. 1 for a prolonged

duration of time, a numerous times chess champ, called’Lightening Kid’for your quick chess expertise and been granted the country’s 2nd highest civilian honour Padma Vibhushan, requires retirement from all and sundry over a slump in kind can be frustrating. They can likewise be possibly sidetracking with age catching up.It remains in this light that India’s chess genius, Viswanathan Anand calls his current World Rapid Chess Championship win at Riyadh as’huge’at this stage of his career. He likewise went on to end up with bronze in the blitz occasion, 2 days later on and appears to have actually discovered his rhythm back, reminding us during the course of an interview, how his rankings in these formats have jumped.In an unique chat with India Today, Anand revealed his next challenge is to not lose focus and’keep in mind everything is not solved’.

Excerpts Q. Would it be fair to state, if you had not won here, it would have been so much more demoralising offered the slump in kind? If real, how considerable a

win is this at this stage of your career?A. It’s huge. The good aspect of the last 2 world championship occasions that I have won -prospects in 2014 and this one is that they were so unexpected. They came when I was at such a low point. And in both the cases it was not as if I was giving up, I was simply believing how do I return and return to where I as soon as was. I was outlining it across several months and than at the first shot you get it. The psychological boost, the increase to my morale, you can not even describe.In reality, I nearly have the opposite problem now, to keep in mind not everything has been solved and whatever problems were there are still there and I have to continue working precisely like I would have if I had not won these 2

events. But I cannot describe, after four years to be World Champ once again and to have that as part of your title again is fantastic. So simply a wonderful feeling.Q. Has this victory after this downturn in type taught you anything about the dry phase? Do you think all the retirement talk distract you somewhere subconsciously?A. Look there are all sorts of thoughts going in your head and you can’t quantify which is going where.

You know, retirement is out there. I do not indicate amongst others however that everybody has to retire at some point.But on the contrary I would say after my recent failures, this year I was more identified than ever to attempt and get a number of good results. After St Louis, I informed myself I really wish to do well in rapid chess again; how do I start practicing that again and how do I figure out why my quick chess has had a hard time as compared with my classical.So today it’s not like I am proving a point or anything. For me it was always apparent that I would continue and prior to I had an opportunity to figure anything out I won. So I have no concept exactly what I did right. As I discussed if I wish to do this consistently I am going to need to try and address exactly what takes place earlier in the year.

Something I would say is its excellent to do it in a blissful mindset than to do it when you are down and trying to determine what took place. So it’s nicer to do it now but I still have to do it.Q. Gary Kasparov did tell you that you must dedicate this win to those who believed it was time for you to go.A. Yes. However I am kind of fed up of having this fictional conversation with this straw man. There are few individuals out there however I also have several individuals out there who write to me to say that they enjoy that I am continuing to play and they enjoy my chess and at the

end of the day that’s what indicates the most that what you do is of worth to somebody. So I am not going to keep havingthis conversation with these so called critics. I like playing and that’s it.Q. What does it cost? has this win renergized you? How do you now take a look at the future?A. I am simply exceptionally happy today. It gives you a big push and motivation to be World Champion again. And by the way I am now fifth in the ranking in fast chess. I resembled below 20 and now I am fifth. In blitz also my rating has soared. Now I have to deal with the classical part of it which has dropped. So there is constantly some obstacle. These are the moments you live for.


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