I give myself 8 out of 10 in 2014: Anand
Saturday, December 20, 2014, New Delhi: He may have failed to add to the five world titles in the last couple of years but Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand is content with the way the year panned out for him, giving himself an eight out of 10.
Following the second consecutive defeat in the world championship to nemesis Magnus Carlsen, Anand made a strong comeback by winning the London Classics title to conclude the year on a high.
“2014 was a wonderful year simply because I managed to get my breaks that I wanted and also got the wins. It is very hard to go on faking positivity all the time but when you have a good result, you don’t have to fake it anymore. You just wake up happy the next day and everything is natural and that’s what 2014 would be for me,” said Anand.
“On a scale of 10, I would rate myself eight may be in 2014. And if I take into consideration last 2-3 years, I think it would be higher,” he added.
The 45-year-old said he is looking forward to the coming year and is excited about playing in a number of tournaments.
“I won three tournaments, so it was a good year for me. I feel positive about playing chess again. I am looking forward to playing chess next year,” said Anand after unveiling MathLab Impact study at a function organised by NIIT, a global leader in skills and talent development.
“Next year, I already have two tournaments confirmed — in Germany and Zurich — both in February and both are super tournaments, so most of the top players would be playing. I would be most probably playing almost every month next year. In 2015, there is no world championship, so that gives me an opportunity to play more tournaments and frees up my schedule a bit,” he said.
The chess wizard admitted that his victory at Candidates Chess tournament in March this year gave him a new lease of life.
“This year when I won the Candidates, it was the first tournament I had won in more than a year. I was 55 to one odds and if somebody had bet on me winning, he must have made serious sum of money. I had not been 55 to one in may be 20-25 years. But that win really opened the whole year for me.
“At that point I was just hoping for one good result because by then I was sick of having to explain the bad results,” revealed Anand.