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Anand: Happy with training

Mumbai: Amid apprehension that the World Chess Championship title contest between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and Vishwanathan Anand could be postponed, the Indian ace is hoping the rematch would go ahead and be held in Sochi in November.

“At the moment, we have a firm offer from Sochi and this (former champion Garry Kasparov’s comment) is probably just part of the last minute campaigning rather than anything else,” Anand said.

The five-time world champion was referring to the upcoming contest between Kasparov and incumbent president of world chess body, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, for gaining control of Fide, at its elections scheduled in Norway on August 11.

“The only thing pending is the result of the election. At the moment everything seems set. We do have a firm offer from Sochi and the contract is there, everything is there,” the five-time world champion and former world No. 1 said.

Anand said things would get clearer after the Fide elections though he has started training for the event, if it’s held in November.

Anand was satisfied about his preparation for the rematch against Carlsen. “I am quite happy with my training. It was tough planning my training schedule with all the uncertainty. But now my training schedule is going quite well,” Anand said. (PTI)