World champion Viswanathan Anand said he was happy to take help one-time bitter rival Garry Kasparov during his summit clash against Veselin Topalov in Sofia.
After edging out Topalov 6.5-5.5 to retain his world crown in May, Anand admitted to having taken help from Kasparov, Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik.
In an interview after his loss, Topalov said the Indian ace should not feel “very proud” of having taken the help of the two Russian greats. Kasparov had behaved in a hostile manner with Anand when they had met for the PCA title in New York 15 years ago, so the offer of help had come as a surprise. “All I can I say is that I am happy to take their help and will welcome if it comes again,” Anand said.
He also thanked Peter Heine Nielsen, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Indian GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly for their help.