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‘Looking forward to Carlsen battle’

- Needed to recover emotionally: Anand
Viswanathan Anand, on Wednesday. A Telegraph picture

New Delhi: When Viswanathan Anand lost the World Championship title to Magnus Carlsen last year, his fans felt it could be difficult for the five-time world champion to make a comeback in near future. Anand, however, proved them wrong and has already set up a title rematch against Carlsen after winning the Candidates tournament.

On Wednesday, Anand said the rematch against Carlsen would not put any extra pressure on him.

“It might have some influence on me but it is going to be a different match,” he said during a promotional in the capital.

“I understand it will be a very difficult challenge, a battle but I am looking forward to it and maybe that’s the most important thing,” he added.

For nearly three months after losing the world title to Carlsen, Anand said he had to fight hard to get his desire back. “At that point in time, it was necessary for me.

“Once (Anatoly) Karpov had said that a player takes a longer time to recover after losing a major title. I realised I needed to recover emotionally… In the month of December and January, I just wanted to get away from chess. I actually wanted the get the desire back to play the game.”

On his preparations for the Candidates championship, Anand said he did not do much except for a short camp in February.

“I spent more time with my family and my son. I waited for the hunger to come back. Once I won the first match in Candidates, things improved… The win took me to the right direction,” he said.

Asked to name his team of seconds for the World Championship, Anand refused to divulge details.

“I have a fairly good idea of what I am going to do… I am waiting for the bid process to get over. Once that is finalised, I will announce my plans. There’s still a few months to go,” he said.

The former world champion said he would be playing tournaments in Geneva, Corsica and Dubai before the World Championship match.

“In Geneva and Dubai, it would be rapid tournaments.”

Anand also narrated how the game of chess has changed drastically in the last 30 years.

“When we were teenagers, there were no computers and information used to travel very, very slowly. Results of different tournaments were complied into books and players used index system to keep them.

“Now, the database in my computer has around 10 million games. At the same time, it is important to learn how to use the extra knowledge.

“During the last World Championship match, I was getting reliant on computers. Little errors crept into my games when I lost. There I needed guidance,” Anand pointed out.