Anand: Undecided About Upcoming Candidates
In a recent article on Chessbase, former World Champion Vishy Anand seems to be up in the air about wanting to take part in the upcoming FIDE Candidates Tournament. By rights, as a former Champion, he automatically qualifies for the big dance. The 44-year-old Anand, who was dethroned by a 23-year-old Magnus Carlsen last month, just doesn't seem to know what he wants to do.
It was first reported, before Christmas, in an Indian newspaper that he was showing "cold feet when it came to the tournament. Then he mentioned he hasn't decided yet. Now he's saying that most likely, he'll play. Italian GM Fabiano Caruana would be Anand's replacement if he pulls out. The only one who knows what he'll do is Anand, but his goals might've changed when his child was born, and now even more so that he's lost the Championship.
A couple of years ago, on the Chess.com/TV show Pardon our Blunders, Danny and David were discussing that if he lost the Championship, will he retire now that he has a family and if he loses the title? Since that has happened, I don't think he'll retire but just become less active.
For the full article, click the link in first paragraph. The Candidates Tournament begins on March 11th and runs to April 1st, 2014.
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