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Not intimidated by Kasparov, his presence doesn't affect the game: Anand
Vignesh Radhakrishnan (with agencies)
New Delhi/ Chennai, November 12, 2013
First Published: 23:29 IST(12/11/2013)
Last Updated: 03:06 IST(13/11/2013)

Speaking at a post-game conference on Tuesday, Viswanathan Anand said he was not intimidated by the presence of Garry Kaparov in the city adding that he had not seen him in person, so he had no effect on the way the match was played.

"It is good that he is here to watch," Anand said.

When probed further whether he was sure about his answer, he said "yes, sure."

Responding to questions about his thoughts on why Garry Kasparov was not allowed inside the press box, Magnus Carlsen said, "I dont want to get into the politics of it. I mean, I think he deserves to be treated with respect, whether he is president or not."

World number one Carlsen termed the drawn third game of the World Championship match against Anand in Chennai as scary but insisted that it was not a disaster for him in any position.

He agreed that things did not go his way right from the start of the middle game, "but i didn't spend much time regretting my moves, that is not the point of the game," he said.

"I think I made a couple of misjudgments in the middle game, my position was worse and then I made it even worse. I underestimated this plan with 'b5' giving up the Bishop. I did not have any idea what was happening next, just happy to survive," the 22-year-old Norwegian added.

Carlsen was not happy with the way things had turned out for him.

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"I missed some simple things, early itself I misplayed something. Although it should be said that it was not a disaster. I mean if I had black here it's a fairly common kind of position, it looked scary," he said.

When asked about his new opening variations and whether they were giving him the expected results, he said it was too early to comment on that.

Anand, on his part, said that 'white' always had some play even though the analysis engines showed that he was marginally better with the black pieces. "Though black had an extra pawn, I didnt see any clear advantage." he said.

"Obviously for black what he is getting is the two Bishops. If I can role my queen side pawns down it could be unpleasant for white. Even though I have the two Bishops, white actually keeps control of the open file and he has enough counter play," the defending champion added.

Noting some of his finer techniques, the five-time world champion gave further insight into the game.

"When the Queen was floating around and then went to 'h1', I thought the best was what I went for. I felt if swept out light square Bishops white is just fine. In time pressure 'g6' was rather weaker than any other white pawn, I thought it should be manageable. I might have been mistaken but I thought white had enough play," he said.

When asked what he thought of Carlsen's preparation Anand laughed it off saying, "I'm flattered that you thought I'll answer that."

On another note, responding to questions about his Twitter inactivity, given many had started following chess online, Anand said, "I want to be more active on chess board than on twitter."

(With PTI inputs)

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