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Anand stays optimistic

Mumbai: Viswanathan Anand feels winning the Candidates title has given him fresh motivation needed to avenge last year’s loss to world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, when the two meet in the World Chess Championship title clash later this year.

Five-time world champion Anand registered three victories in 14 games without a defeat en route his Candidates victory to earn a rematch against Norwegian Carlsen.

“If I had been dropped into the match that would have been one thing, but qualifying for it gave me a morale boost,” the 44-year-old told reporters.

“It will be a different match. It is very unlikely that we both would try to do the same things. Obviously I will try to learn from things that went wrong and I have many impressions that I will think about when I train,” said Anand, who was soundly beaten 6.53.5 at the World Championship title match in Chennai last November.

“You feel positive. Good result is also something you can feed off. I am hoping to carry that feeling into it. But it goes without saying that we have to do different things, especially the loser,” Anand explained further.

Anand said he would try to give his best shot in the re-match, which is scheduled to take place in November.

(PTI)