Anand in Die Zeit: "Go there, sit down, play well"

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 10/29/13, 4:32 PM.

In ten days from now, Anand-Carlsen will take off in Chennai — you will hardly have missed that! This particular chess event is so big, that many mainstream media are posting preview articles. One of these is the major German newspaper Die Zeit, who on Tuesday published an interview with the defending champion Vishy Anand, who speaks about his preparation.

"Go there, sit down, play well" is how the article in Die Zeit is titled. Anand speaks about his preparation, which has mostly taken place in Bad Soden am Taunus, at the training center of the Chess Tigers, a meeting place for chess enthusiasts with activities that range from seminars, training and chess in school projects as well as live transmission of games.

The interview is written by Ulrich Stock, who will also be in Chennai and who has visited several World Championships. In the past, Stock already showed his talent for explaining the royal game to non-chess fans, and this interview is another good example.

ZEIT ONLINE: Mr Anand, could you please explain a bit about your training? What does preparation for a chess world championship look like?

Viswanathan Anand: You develop a complete image of your opponent. You ask yourself what you want to achieve, in what areas you want to have the fight take place and where you can expect problems. And of course fitness exercises, walking, swimming. One works the whole day.

ZEIT ONLINE: From nine to five?

Anand: Actually a bit longer.

ZEIT ONLINE: And free in the weekend?

Anand: Chess players don't know about weekends.

Anand says that although he quite likes the fact that he'll be playing in his home town, he doesn't see it as a big advantage. About his opponent being the favourite in the match, he says:

Many people say so. But I will do my best.

Anand also mentions that "two of his seconds" are not in his team anymore (which, as we know, are Peter Heine Nielsen and Rustam Kasimdzhanov), from which we could perhaps deduct that Surya Ganguly and Radek Wojtaszek are still in his team.

You can enjoy the interview (in German!) here. At the end it is mentioned that a portrait of Carlsen will be published later this week in ZEITmagazin.

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  • 3 years ago


    I hope this match full of amazing moves from boths player. Please make a new era of chess.

  • 3 years ago


    I'm back to chess after a many years absence and I find the world championship is only days away. Fantastic.And it seems to have lots of great angles including young against old etc It seems to have the same level of interest and hype as the Fischer vs Spassky match in 1972

  • 3 years ago


    It certainly feels like when the young Kasparov was defeated by the older and much experienced Karpov the first time they met. However, with the advancement of computers and chess engines nowadays experience is simulated somewhat. Although I agree pressure and stress is something new for Carlsen at this level, it is something that Anand will have to take advantage of the first few games because otherwise everything will be about the same...

  • 3 years ago


    My guess:

    Whoever is the next World Champion; the CHESS COMMUNITY will be the real WINNER - 2013!!

  • 3 years ago


    They said Anand would be at his best in the last WC match, and he was barely able to draw Gelfand, winning only through rapid tie breaks. If he has nothing better than that, Carlsen will crush him.

    I do think (and hope) he'll be able to rise to the challenge better than he has in the last few years, but I still believe Carlsen will win.

  • 3 years ago


    Huge stuff. I like both players very much. A Carlsen win would feel more historical, but what actually happens is all that's important. The only annoying thing is that, for east coast US audiences, this is going to be happening at sort of a crazy time in the very late night / very early morning. I mean, the games start at 3:00pm in India, so that's 5:30am here in New York, right? Or, wait, because daylight saving time is ending, I guess more like 4:30am? I might be up for some of that, but who knows.

  • 3 years ago


    I cant wait to see this match.....

  • 3 years ago


    Magnus Carlsen have shown his strength in chess. Opening, middle-game and end-game. But Vishy is not looking at these things. He is looking at Magnus' weakness'. I go for Vishy. He is my chess player.

  • 3 years ago


    I'm cheering for Viswanathan Anand !



  • 3 years ago


    i think anand is going to win, feel free to argue.

    1) carlsen is just 22 so will probably suffer from ego problems and make a mistake..

    2) stress is underrated, anand is indian so he knows how to control it, but the stress will get to carlsen increasing chance of mistake.

    3) anand is very strong stronger than his rating, natalia pogonina wrote a big article about how phycology plays in and how anand is much better when he tries his hardest which is definetly not all the time.

    4)anand has a better track record in matches

  • 3 years ago


    Google chrome can also translate the whole page automatically, good article and thanks PeterDoggers for posting this.

  • 3 years ago


    I hope ya win, Vishy.  

  • 3 years ago


    @chessdoggblack: a hint - Die Zeit is a German newspaper. Btw, Google translate did an admireable job interpreting the article for me.

  • 3 years ago


    Going to be a big match

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