Anand's Opinion Of The Candidates

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/4/13 3:39.

phpWwQgr3.jpegThe Indian Express has published an interview with reigning world chess champion Viswanathan Anand, covering his thoughts on the 2013 Candidates Tournament in London, and how he assesses the winner, world #1, and now his title challenger, Magnus Carlsen.

The dates and venue for the match between Anand and Carlsen is not yet known, but November 2013 in either India or Norway is the best bet at the moment.

The full interview can be read here. Extracts are below. 

Vishy Anand...

...on the Candidates Tournament
"It has been maybe the best ever Candidates tournament in history...the fact that anything could have happened till the last day, till the last hour in fact, makes this simply an unbelievable tournament."

...on Kramnik
Kramnik losing out on the tie-break rule was quite tragic...It was not like I was rooting for him as my opponent, but by round 13 I felt he was the one who deserved to win and his chess had impressed me the most...The tragedy of the tournament is in some sense Kramnik, not that Magnus didn't deserve to win, but if Vlady had pulled it off, he would have proven something.

...on the tie-break rule
I do feel it's crazy that two people tied on the same score and it is decided by something which is essentially a lottery...My point is not that it is unfair, it was perfectly fair once everyone knew it in advance. My point is that it is not ideal. That's the distinction I want to make.

...on facing Magnus Carlsen
I'm fully aware of the magnitude of the task facing me, and Magnus' rank and rating speak for themselves. Having said that I don't feel any obligation to follow the predictions. That's what we are playing the match for. To have a chance to write our own script.


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  • hace 4 años


    Well put observations by the Champion.  It is not that I'm rooting for Anand, but... @georgethevampire: oh, please... it is extremely unwise to publicly display your imbecility.

  • hace 4 años


    Anand clearly dyes his hair Smile

  • hace 4 años


    I already have a World Champion; Vasilly Ivanchuk!!

    If Vishy Anand does not win; then; the next World Champion has been decided by Ivanchuk; by his actions/inactions - who can deny that!!

    Can anyone forget him??

  • hace 4 años


    @opla, you mean since the last one. Or, if you count Gelfand as a Soviet, the one before that.

  • hace 4 años


    This match will be Carlsen's talent and positional play vs Anand with experience and excellent home prep. 

  • hace 4 años


    @UkrChess I think people who talk about his inexperience are talking about match play.

    In any event, I feel Kramnik played better as well and was disappointed by the tie break system... I get that it's designed to award more daring play, but it's still silly that the person with more wins, and thus more losses, gets to play the champion - excitement should not beat out meritocracy. What is this, the UFC?

  • hace 4 años


    Anand-Carlsen match- is it best of 16?  what are the rules? or do they make up new rules each time?

  • hace 4 años


  • hace 4 años


    we will have a new world chess champion..

  • hace 4 años


    Vishy would outplay Magnus

  • hace 4 años


    Anand will close down Carlsen with ease. Carlsen just doesn't have the incredible depth of Anand to win the grueling match that will take place.

  • hace 4 años


    Please, enough of this Carlsen-lacks-experience-at-the-highest-level talk. He is (a) one of the most talented players in recorded chess history, (b) experienced enough playing tourneys since childhood, and (c) has the energy, drive and perseverance to win this. Whoever says Anand will win because he is more experienced is deluding themselves.

  • hace 4 años


    first championship without Soviets for a very long time.

  • hace 4 años


    Anybody has any idea of the reason(s) for Carlsen's last two losses? Was he tired? Did he think that only Aronian was a threat to his win?

  • hace 4 años


    I think Anands experience will win for 2013 but Carlsen's time will come

  • hace 4 años


    To win Anand should produce 2-3 masterpiece... like his game against Aronian in Wijk Ann Zee..

  • hace 4 años


    I can easily see Anand defending his title against Carlsen. While Carlsen is a wonderful player, he still lacks experience at this, the highest level. Also, the pressure of a World Championship lies heavily on Carlsen's shoulders with many believing the 'Golden Boy' as heir-apparent. Carlsen's time will come...just not in 2013.

  • hace 4 años


    Anand may not be the highest rated player any more, but he is an absolutely great match player and he rarely loses.

    This match will not be the blowout that you might expect from looking at their ELO ratings.

  • hace 4 años


    On the full interview you can see a "Tiger of Chennai" pose from Anand :D

  • hace 4 años


    @ pulpfriction - there will be a bidding process first, but that hasn't started yet.

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