He rediscovered his wizardry by winning the Candidates tournament and Viswanathan Anand is now “working on quite a few ideas” to counter the threat of world No 1 Magnus Carlsen in his quest to regain the World Championship title later this year.
“My thoughts are already starting to form. I have got quite a few ideas about what I am going to do. Over the next few months or so I will try to crystalise my thoughts, make some plans,” Anand said on Monday.
The five-time world champion lost the crown to Carlsen in November, paving the way for a revenge match with the Norwegian. Anand earned the right to play Carlsen after he won the 2014 FIDE Candidates Chess tournament after settling for a draw with Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the 13th and penultimate round last on Saturday.
“I know for sure that I will be playing Carlsen but I am not going to make my plans openly. I do not think I should be discussing about it now,” said Anand when asked if he would bring about changes to his game.
About the big match, he added, “Well, the match is very important. It is not what you plan that you get. As I have said I have my ideas and I am not going to discuss about it. Everything is looking positive. So, I will not tell you what my strategies will be.”
The 44-year-old said such wins (Candidates) were important. “In this case I would say the situation has not changed entirely. In fact, one good result has changed everything already. You simply needed such a victory at some point of time. With such wins your outlook changes suddenly. I think the emotions are all positive, said Anand.
Anand had said earlier that five best games that he played would put his rival in trouble, and when asked if he had adopted that against Carlsen in the World Championship match, he responded in the negative.
“I did not challenge him at that level. I would have played somewhere here and there. I had tried this method against (Levon) Aronian and succeeded. I think this kind of matches last month was nice. Basically, I do not say that I do that in a whole tournament but it is rare that one attempts such manoeuvre.”
Asked about the match against Vaselin Topolov and Gary Kasparov’s comments after his win, he said, “The match against Toplov was very crucial because I checked the point differences and I had planned my game very perfectly. As for Kasparov, I thought he is trying to be nice.”
Anand conceded that he was not at his aggressive best against Carlsen last year.
“I think it is partly true when you do a post-game analysis. I am not comfortable with that. I would like to draw my conclusions about the match and decide how I am going to pan that I would love to get. Generally, you have your plans and the opponent has his and what advantages you get in a match is what matters.”