Chennai: Having won the Candidates tournament and earned a rematch with Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand is now “working on quite a few ideas” to counter the threat of the world No. 1 player when the two meet later this year for the world championship title match.
“I have already started planning. I have got quite a few ideas about what I am going to do. Over the next few months or so, I will try to crystallise my thoughts, make some more plans. I will be, though, taking a break in April,” Anand said on Wednesday.
Anand lost his world title to Carlsen last November. Asked if he would bring about changes to his game this time around, the five-time world champion said: “I am not going to discuss my plans openly. I do not think I should be discussing about it now. But you can be sure that there will be one or two surprises in store for Carlsen.”
He said he was sure of a win after the ninth game in the Candidates tournament.
“After the first three games, I thought I had given myself a great start and my confidence grew. But after the ninth game, I was convinced that I will win the tournament.”
Talking about the seconds which he may have for the world championship match, Anand said: “I had Sandipan (Chanda) as one of my seconds last time around. I was very happy with Sandipan. I felt he is quite good.
“I had worked with him in Norway, I gave him my notes and I said I will explain things to him next morning before the match. I remember that he came to me and said that he went over the stuff that I had given him and said for tomorrow’s game you can do this and do that.
“I was surprised as to how much vision he showed even though he had not known me very well. I was surprised as to how quickly he was able to adapt to my techniques, understand my thoughts and then he was taking a lot of load off me.” (PTI)