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


    Any idea when the venue and dates for the World Championship will be declared?  This one is going to be huge.  The last big one was in 1972 at Reykjavik when Fischer played Spassky.

  • hace 4 años


    Only Carlsen deserves to be the WC. Anand/Kramnik doesn't fit in the row Fischer, Kasparov, Carlsen.

  • hace 4 años


    vishy will win world champ!

  • hace 4 años


    Anand is right. When elite players from the old guard like Ivanchuk, Kramnik , Anand are fully motivated Carlsen is not a problem for them. 

  • hace 4 años


  • hace 4 años


    If the World Champion was simply the player with the highest rating, the top players would never play each other. They wouldbe busy going to third-world countries and beating up on all the players they could to boost their rating with no risk.

  • hace 4 años


    kramnik is the best

  • hace 4 años


    Carlsen is a fantastic tournament player. I am not convinced he is a fantastic match player. When Carlsen complained and got the candidates' matches changed to a tournament, I think he shot himself in the foot by limiting his experience/growth in match play. I think Vishy will eek out one more championship defense this fall. 

  • hace 4 años


    The full interview is pretty good. Anand, always a classy guy, is quite straight-forward in his remarks and apparently a bit concerned about the "generation gap" (remember that phrase?!) in the upcoming match. His feelings about Kramnik's performance are amusing. He uses the term "tragic' twice, and I agree with an earlier post that he may have preferred "Vlady" as an opponent, expecting Carlsen to be more unpredictable. Maybe by "tragic" he just meant that Kramnik came so close to winning. However, he points out that the tiebreak rule that gave the tournament win to Carlsen is "not ideal". Maybe so, but it seems logical enough. He says "It felt a bit silly, in the end getting decided by the number of wins." Well, duh, isn't that what it's all about: winning? Well, I'm probably missing his point......

        Anyway, good articles, both the short version and The Indian Express long version.

  • hace 4 años


    Very well said champ. Let the scripts be.... WRITTEN!!!!!!

  • hace 4 años


    I agree with Vladan88.

    Ratings can be inflated by limiting who you play against. This is avoided by having a 'challenger' and a system that allows any chess player a fair opportunity to become a challenger.

  • hace 4 años



    I disagree. World championship is not the same as being #1 on the rating list. To be world champion means to step it up in the right moment against the best players in the world. The beauty is the highest-rated player does not always win. The rating, on the other hand, is just a number, which is approximate at best (shown by Svidler and Ivanchuk). 

    Plus the world championship (including Candidates) is the most exciting chess event and it allows players to make some big $$$. Why would you want to do get rid of it?

  • hace 4 años


    Intelligent, thoughtful, respectful - unfortunately a rarity these days!

    Whatever happens in the next world championship - Anand deserves a special place in  the annals of chess history.  

  • hace 4 años


    Chess, like just about every sport or competition, is not solely about accumulating ELO pts.  How many times does the team with the best record lose in the championship game?  There are so many intangibles--including character--that go into the winning any title.

  • hace 4 años


    Awesom Thoughts Champ...

    Every answer in straight forward manner with all due respect to other players whether its Kramnik or Carlsen...

    Thats what Champions should be...

  • hace 4 años


    I think Magnus will win the world championship and then put an end to such an archaic concept. He will retire the title and the notion of a world champion. Whoever is number one in the rankings will be considered the best. Period. There will be no more silliness where the world champion is not number one and is even out of the top five. 

  • hace 4 años


    Anand is a fantastic champion. What an intelligent man!

  • hace 4 años


    Classy as always

  • hace 4 años


    I believe Magnus is about to make the transition from "Super GM" to "Super WC" (World Champion) -- one of those elite World Champions the last of whom was Kasparov.  Not to diminish Anand but I put him a class along with Petrosian or Spassky -- world champions, yes, but amongst the top half-dozen or ten players of all time, no.

  • hace 4 años


    Go Magnus! 

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