Anand hopes his best is yet to come, says he will play for several more years

Anand hopes his best is yet to come, says he will play for several more years

Indicating that he is still hungry for success, five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand today said he is not quitting the game anytime soon and is preparing to play more tournaments in the coming year after a decent performance in 2014.

Asked if his best is yet to come, Anand said: "I hope so. I try to be optimistic."

The 45-year-old said he was happy with his performance in the year that is drawing to a close as he won three tournaments, although he acknowledged that in the recent world championship he could not capitalize on the self-created opportunities.

Describing Carlsen as one having a "practical style", Anand said, "He is not someone who spends a lot of time in warming up and playing long openings."

On his plans the for the coming year, Anand, who won the London Chess Classic a few days ago, said: "I will be playing more tournaments in general. My focus is really shifting to tournaments."
Anand, who became India's first grand master in 1988, disagreed with the perception in some quarters that training abroad is better than doing so back home.

"One should try to learn from the best from anywhere in the world. India has strong chess coaches and it's easy to find them," he opined.
Expressing happiness over the number of youngsters taking interest in chess, he approved the introduction of the game in education curriculum, saying it would help students perform better in academics also. "Chess enables students to memorize and strategize better," said Anand.

 

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