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Viswanathan Anand Confident Of Sealing Grand Chess Tour Finals Berth

With simply two spots up for grabs, Indian chess wizard Viswanathan Anand on Wednesday mentioned he’s assured of sealing his berth within the 2019 Grand Chess Tour Finals to be held in London from November 30 to December 10. The GCT Finals can be held in the course of the London Chess Traditional in London and Anand desires to brighten his prospects with one more excellent end within the Tata Metal Speedy and Blitz match to be held right here from November 22 to 26. Anand, who completed a disappointing tied third within the Sinquefield Cup final month, wants 13 factors from the remaining two legs in Bucharest (November 6-10) and Kolkata to seal a spot within the GCT Finals which carries a prize purse of USD 350,000. “Definitely it’s (securing a place in GCT Finals) gettable, but it is still very unpredictable. (Levon) Aronian, me and (Wesley) So all have the same tournaments left. So all of us are fighting for the same 13 points,” the five-time former world champion informed PTI in an interview from Chennai.

“On top of that, there are other guys, who in the event of a crumble, can get close enough. So, I think 6-7 players are fighting for the last two spots. Hopefully, it will go well for me,” he added.

The ‘Metropolis of Pleasure’ has been a contented searching floor for Anand. From enjoying his first GM match right here in 1986 to profitable the Tata Metal Blitz title final 12 months, Kolkata holds a particular place within the chess wizard’s coronary heart. “My performance in the Blitz tournament (last year) was great and that made it extra special. Kolkata has been very special to me and the sport fans are really passionate,” he mentioned. 

The venue for this 12 months’s Tata Metal Speedy and Blitz occasion is the celebrated Nationwide Library, which is able to host a chess match for the primary time. “I think the atmosphere there would be electric. National Library as the venue sounds amazing. I’m looking forward to see the final arrangement there. I’m sure they will do a good job. And, obviously I hope to do well,” Anand mentioned. 

The competitors in Kolkata will see Anand face world champion Magnus Carlsen for the primary time in India since his 2013 World Championship defeat in Chennai. “I’ve performed him (Carlsen) many instances in between. I do not suppose that issues an excessive amount of both as a result of there could be different gamers as nicely. 

Then I used to be enjoying him completely. Now there can be 10 individuals,” mentioned Anand about his upcoming duel with the Norwegian. “But of course it’s always a big challenge playing him. His performance this year has been very good. “Typically he begins as a favorite in every single place. However you simply play your finest and see what’s you are as much as. Ding (Liren) has been very spectacular too,” he added. 

Anand gained one match and drew 10 on the classical leg of the GCT within the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis. The Indian, nevertheless, did not convert some positional benefits there, particularly towards GM Ding Liren. However Anand now desires to shift his deal with the FIDE Grand Swiss within the Isle of Man from October eight to 22, the place the winner will qualify for the 2020 Candidates Event. Anand pulled out of the continued World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk and is at the moment having fun with a break along with his household at his house in Chennai. 

“I had an opportunity to relaxation, in any other case I’d have already got began enjoying (in World Cup). I believed that I is perhaps drained so I took the choice to skip this one,” he said. On his preparation for the Isle of Man event, which is expected to be the strongest Swiss-system tournament, Anand said: “It is nonetheless some time method however I get prepared for it. “There are too many variables. I don’t know whom I’ll be paired with and with what colours. So you just have to go, be ready to take your chances and see what happens. You can’t plan and switch on.” 

Anand additionally sounded involved concerning the ongoing infighting in Bengal chess the place GM Dibyendu Barua has filed a grievance towards BCA secretary and IM Atanu Lahiri for alleged of irregularities. 

“Hopefully this short-term issue will be resolved. The main thing is developing the talent that you have,” he mentioned. “There are enough activities and good players in Bengal. I’m optimistic that talent could emerge at any moment. You have a good chess culture here. Hopefully, the Tata Steel event will also inspire the young talents to emerge.” 

Anand, who will flip 50 on December 11, additionally dominated out retirement plans anytime quickly. “No, at the moment. I haven’t thought about it. I will see how it goes. I don’t think about it a lot,” he concluded.

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