Filipino-American Grandmaster Wesley So on Sunday hailed Viswanathan Anand as his inspiration, saying that he had no clue how the Indian chess legend was nonetheless going sturdy and was among the many finest on this planet. “He is an inspiration. I don’t think I could play at this level 20 years from now. It’s incredible what he is doing,” Wesley mentioned on the sidelines of the Tata Metal Chess India occasion the place the recently-crowned World Fischer Random Chess champion met budding chess gamers.
Wesley, one of many prime gamers on this planet, will probably be seen in motion within the penultimate spherical of this yr’s Grand Chess Tour (GCT) in Kolkata from November 22.
The 26-year-old was requested whether or not he thought former world champion Anand, who will flip 50 subsequent month, might proceed additional.
“It’s very difficult. Fifty is quite pushing it, but we will see,” mentioned Wesley, who lately crushed world champion Magnus Carlsen 2.5-13.5 within the first ever World Fischer Random Chess Championship ultimate held at Carlsen’s residence metropolis Oslo.
“It still amazes me how he does it,” he mentioned of Anand, who turned the primary Grandmaster from India in 1988.
“Chess players’ prime is mid 20s to mid or early 30s. So it’s clear that he is past his prime, but he is still one of the best players in the world and is in the top 10. I don’t know how he does it. He is fit and a hardworker. He is a big inspiration,” Wesley mentioned.
He added that Anand was so clever that he might have been one thing nice even when he didn’t grow to be a chess participant.
“He’s a powerful individual and a gentleman. My household likes Vishy loads. I’ve been competing with him usually for the final 5 years. If he wasn’t a chess participant, he can be nice in one thing else.
“He’s very clever. I can solely think about how good he was 20 years in the past after they mentioned he was the quickest participant on the planet,” mentioned Wesley, who misplaced to Anand within the fifth spherical of the Altibox Norway chess match earlier this yr.
On his shock win over Carlsen, the previous world quantity two mentioned that it was sudden.
“Profitable the championship was sudden. Magnus was there and I used to be seeded No. four. It was a giant success for me this yr,” he mentioned.
He additionally mentioned that Carlsen can be itching to take revenge and it might very nicely be on the Tata Metal Chess India meet.
“He would wish to beat me. He does not like shedding tournaments,” mentioned a smiling Wesley.
Requested if World Fischer Random Chess, which is a brand new format, is the best way ahead, Wesley mentioned, “I believe each participant who has performed it, likes it. I have not heard a lot criticism to date.”
He additionally praised India for producing younger Grandmasters of late.
“India has lots of rising expertise. I’m very joyful to be right here. I met lots of youngsters and it makes me joyful,” Wesley mentioned.
The world’s prime 10 gamers will match wits throughout the fast and blitz meet between November 22 and 26 within the penultimate leg of the GCT.
The enduring Nationwide Library will stage the mega occasion the place Anand will probably be going through Norwegian Carlsen for the primary time in India since his 2013 World Championship defeat in Chennai.
Anand battled to a creditable third place after an unbeaten nine-round blitz streak on the ultimate day of the GCT Superbet fast and blitz championship in Hungary.
Anand is now positioned sixth with 32 factors and his destiny on whether or not he could make the GCT Finals, which carries a prize purse of $350,000 and will probably be held in London from November 30 to December 10, will probably be determined right here. The highest 4 will make the finals.