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Commentary to keep Viswanathan Anand busy

The 50-year-old wizard was to return to Chennai on Monday after competing in the Bundesliga Chess League but had to stay back near Frankfurt given the travel restrictions
Viswanathan Anand

PTI   |   Chennai   |   Published 16.03.20, 09:12 PM

India’s five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will complete his maiden commentary assignment while being in self-isolation in Germany, as his return to India is on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 50-year-old wizard was to return to Chennai on Monday after competing in the Bundesliga Chess League but had to stay back near Frankfurt given the travel restrictions, his wife Aruna said.

Anand, who is set to don the commentator’s hat for the Fide Candidates tournament that begins in Yekaterinburg, Russia to spot the challenger to world champion Magnus Carlsen, will handle the role from his present location. The event starts on Tuesday. “He will be commentating for the Candidates tournament for a website. Guess it will also keep him busy,” Aruna said.

The Indian was playing for OSG Baden-Baden in the Bundesliga Chess League. “We will have to wait and watch about his return plans,” Aruna said.

“He is near Frankfurt. With all the travel restrictions and advisories, we will have to wait and watch with regards to his return plans. The situation is very fluid,” she added.

Aruna said Anand is practising social distancing given as a precautionary measure.

“He has opted for social distancing as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus scare,” Aruna said. She said though these are exceptional circumstances, Anand has stayed in touch and speaks to her and their son Akhil regularly.

“It is an exceptional situation. But we are in constant touch,” she said.

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