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Vishy goes beyond board

Hard work and prompt decisions helped world chess champion Viswanathan Anand scale new heights in the game.

“The secrets behind my success are hard work and fast decision-making,” Anand told The Telegraph on the sidelines of a function organised by NIIT at a city hotel.

“These two factors helped me defeat Israel’s Boris Gelfand in Moscow and defend the World Chess Championship title,” he said.

Asked about his feelings after defending the world title, Anand said: “I felt quite proud and relieved after a month. I would say that it was a joint victory for my wife and me. She was in Moscow with me and both of us went through tense moments during the championship. But I missed my son Akhil, who was in Chennai then.”

Anand said: “Success does not come by chance. It is the result of hard work, positive attitude, strategic thinking and making the most of the opportunities that life offers us.”

Like any other sportsperson, Anand travels a lot and misses his family. But he tries to make up the quantity with quality.

Anand said: “I travel a lot and it is not possible to take the family everywhere. But whenever I get time, I spend quality time with my family members, especially with my son Akhil.”

The first Grandmaster from India said he did not know if his son would play chess.

“I cannot say right now whether my son will play chess or not. But of course I will give him a chessboard to play. The rest will depend on him. He can throw it away or play with it,” said Anand.

Asked how chess can help youngsters, Anand said: “Playing chess is good for the mind. It also helps in decision-making. We should encourage people to try this game.”

Replying to a query about the prospect of the game in Bihar, Anand said: “First there has to be an environment for the game. Once someone starts making name in the game, others will join it. This is what happened in Chennai.”

Anand told The Telegraph: “Luck often helps you. But it cannot be explained through logic.”

On preparations before important games, the world chess champion said: “I do physical training like running and weight lifting and take normal diet. Earlier, my mother used to give me spinach before important games.”

Emphasising that it is important to maintain the regime of success, Anand said: “You need to concentrate on your game for that.”

When The Telegraph asked Anand when he could bag the sixth world championship title, Anand said: “I will try my level best next year but it would be challenging.”

A sixth win in the world championship would bring Anand in the league of Emanuel Lasker of Germany and Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov of Russia.

Asked to comment on the great chess player Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik, Anand said: “I have just one thing to say about him. He is my inspiration.”

Anand presented the NIIT Turning Point Scholarship to Sunny Shekh, a student, for the flagship GNIIT programme during the event.

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