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By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

I think an important lesson from the game is that once you have made a move, you cannot take it back. You really have to measure your decisions. You think a lot. You evaluate your choices very carefully. There's never any guarantee about what's going to follow once you have made a decision.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

For me, each game is a new challenge, which has to be dealt with rationally and systematically. At that time, every other thought fades into oblivion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

The Internet gives you access to a lot of material, and it's fun to sit and read. I go to something like Wikipedia and look at different topics... I find the subject fascinating. I like to read about concepts and mathematicians.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

You need to motivate yourself, no matter what-definitely when things are bad, but also when things are good. Or else, you risk becoming complacent.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

In a way players at the top should try to promote the game in their own countries as that is the legacy that makes you feel proud. If you have not done that you have failed as a sportsperson.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

If you have a strong opponent, a competition is stimulating. I am generally most open to ideas when I have had a bad result. In chess, too, players specialise. This specialty then becomes an entry barrier.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Being the undisputed world champion is a relief. We instituted a unified chess title, I am the absolute world champion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

I keep forcing, I keep learning new things in the game, and so far I have been taking challenges as they come.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

I would prefer chess to become part of the Olympic Games. This would also lead to chess become more accepted as a sport in general.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

It is very difficult to play a single blitz game! You want to play for a long time. So I tend not to do that anymore.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Intuition in chess can be defined as the first move that comes to mind when you see a position.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

There are some things we do much better than computers, but since most of chess is tactically based they do many things better than humans. And this imbalance remains. I no longer have any issues. It's bit like asking an astronomer, does he mind that a telescope does all the work. He is used to it. It is just an incredible tool that you can use.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

It's important, according to me, to train in small doses so as to not lose the joy of playing chess. I personally think too many coaching and training classes may take away a child's interest in the game itself. The essential thing to do is practise often and, in case of a doubt, to consult a trainer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

I attend to my fitness. I go the gym every day and try to maintain my physical fitness; without that, it is tough to take challenges on the chess board.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Before a match, I do not follow any chess news except the games.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

In 1996, the players at the VSB tournament in Amsterdam sent me a card for my wedding with this dedication, 'Anand congrats on your wedding. You were a great player, now be ready to lose 50 points'.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Chess as a sport requires a lot of mental stamina, and this is what that makes it different from a physical sport. Chess players have a unique ability of taking in a lot of information and remembering relevant bits. So, memory and mental stamina are the key attributes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Parents, first and foremost, it is important to... understand and recognise the activities your child is naturally gravitating towards. It's important also to ensure that your child likes what he or she is doing. I believe in exposing children to as many hobbies and extracurricular activities as possible.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

I think the draw quotient has always been high in world championship matches because the amount of effort people put into neutralizing each other's openings. It's just now with computers that it has reached a new level.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

My job is to play chess, the game that I love. I achieve what I can in chess. That is what I focus on. Basically, I am always focused on playing the game, and this is important to me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Chess has given me a lot more than I could ask for. I have been able to feel special, travel the world and do what I truly enjoy. Moreover, chess players love being their own boss and hate having to wake up early!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

My parents were very supportive of my chess. When I got home after a game of chess, having missed school or something, they always made me feel very welcome; I didn't feel guilty at all about pursuing chess with such fervour. They never, for instance, perceived sports as a rival to academics.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

In any match, there are few critical moments where there's no second best decision. The rest of the moves are intuitive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Just before a game, I try to keep a clear mind so that I can focus better. I'm the kind of person who plays fast and relies a lot on intuition, so being at peace with myself is vital. Saying my daily prayers helps me achieve this heightened state of mind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Psychology plays a big part but I always say psychology will only be a differentiator when the players are of equal technical strength.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

For every door the computers have closed they have opened a new one.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

For me, chess is not a profession, it is a way of life, a passion. People may feel that I have conquered the peak and will not have to struggle. Financially, perhaps that is true; but as far as chess goes, I'm still learning a lot!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

There are some aspects of work you need to keep working on and no matter what environment you are in. Continuous learning is very important. It's what I call 'competitive tension', which is about having a competition around.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

There is always the risk of being over-confident when you are preparing to face a weaker player.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Nowadays, when you're not a grandmaster at 14, you can forget about it

By Anonym 15 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

We want more women players to take up chess. There are few participants at the national level and hope it will grow.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

I love travelling and going on wildlife safaris. I have an interest in astronomy. I like reading on current affairs, business and science. I love doing nothing if I can help it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

When there's an important tournament going on, I try and stay in a bubble. It's easy that way because then you don't have to worry about anything else.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

I don't know how many calories an average chess player burns per game, but it often exceeds that of a player in ball games. It is not only the chess as such: You need to be fit and undergo complicated preparation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

I was very lucky that while I was a chess player in a country where chess was not a big deal, I happened to be in the one city where there was a sprouting chess team: Chennai.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Chess is like a language, the top players are very fluent at it. Talent can be developed scientifically but you have to find first what you are good at.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

I would never suggest to anyone that they drop school for chess. First of all even if you can make it in chess, your social skills need to be developed there.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

There are two aspects to being competitive; one is to do with sports, and the other is about technical skills. Being able to recollect the moves and apply them when necessary is a critical aspect.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Before a game, I avoid having a heavy meal so that I don't feel sleepy at the board. You eat to be healthy, and that generally takes care of everything. Also, you can't be too finicky, since at tournaments you tend to eat at restaurants here and there. But, as long as you're eating sensibly, it's all good.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

The broader the chess player you are, the easier it is to be competitive, and the same seems to be true of mathematics - if you can find links between different branches of mathematics, it can help you resolve problems. In both mathematics and chess, you study existing theory and use that to go forward.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Confidence is very important - even pretending to be confident. If you make a mistake but do not let your opponent see what you are thinking then he may overlook the mistake.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

I appreciate the support and anyone who takes up a position on my behalf. Especially in matches, this feeling that there are people behind you, gives me a lot of strength.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Grandmasters decline with age. That's a given. There is nothing special about the age of 40, but age eventually takes its toll. That much is clear. Beyond that it's about how long you can put off the effects and compensate for them. Mistakes will crop in but you try to compensate for them with experience and hard work.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

India has lot of talent. What I am happy with is that the talent keeps on coming. Certainly it could be nice, though I am not terribly keen on seeing my successor yet.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

In chess, knowledge is a very transient thing. It changes so fast that even a single mouse-slip sometimes changes the evaluation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

Carlsen will be ridiculously difficult to play against. (on the 2013 World Championship match)

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

In the knockout tournaments, it's futile to prepare for a grand finale. You may have worked out many strategies for the final. But you may lose in the first round itself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

You bring to chess facets of your personality and what you are. I have interests other than chess, like music and world and current affairs. I also have many friends around the world with whom I like to keep in touch.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

When I was about six, I saw my elder siblings play chess and pestered my mother into teaching me. Very soon, I was beating everyone at home, and they thought it would be good to join a club. So my sister would take me to the Tal chess club on Thursdays and weekends.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Viswanathan Anand

I feel that schools and corporates should help the government in popularising sports in the country. Blaming the government for every sporting debacle will not be fair.