13 April, 2021

Viswanathan Anand

The master of 64 squares on retaining his world championship title

Viswanathan Anand

How special is this victory?

This match was the toughest I’ve played. None of my previous matches went to full length. Till the last play, anything was possible.

We hear it was a weary journey to Sofia.

The whole volcano incident was unexpected but we managed to make it a cheerful excursion. The first game was a shock but I knew it was a long game and didn’t quite lose my cool.

Killer instinct dominates the game, yet you seem to maintain a gentlemanly spirit.

I play best when I’m calm. I try to create that atmosphere and avoid controversies.

What does it take to be a world champ?

I don’t know! I just try to play the best game I can. But it has to be fun. You can cope with the stress as long as chess inspires you.

Your victory clashed with India’s T-20 debacle. Was the media was fair to your feat?

What I want is to come away with the feeling that I gave it my best shot and...

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