My best is yet to come, says Viswanathan Anand
Indicating that he is still hungry for success, five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand on Friday said he is not quitting the game anytime soon and is preparing to play more tournaments in the coming year after a decent performance in 2014.other Updated: Dec 20, 2014 04:02 IST
Indicating that he is still hungry for success, five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand on Friday said he is not quitting the game anytime soon and is preparing to play more tournaments in the coming year after a decent performance in 2014.
Asked if his best is yet to come, Anand said: "I hope so. I try to be optimistic."
The 45-year-old said he was happy with his performance in the year that is drawing to a close as he won three tournaments, although he acknowledged that in the recent world championship he could not capitalise on the self-created opportunities.
"I am happy with this year. I played well in many tournaments. I won three tournaments. I hope the trend continues," Anand said. He said he created "more chances" during the world championship, which he lost to Magnus Carlsen of Norway at Sochi recently, but unfortunately could not make use of those. Describing Carlsen as one having a "practical style", Anand said, "He is not someone who spends a lot of time in warming up and playing long openings."
On his plans for the coming year, Anand, who won the London Chess Classic a few days ago, said: "I will be playing more tournaments in general. My focus is really shifting to tournaments."
Asked if he would like to go into coaching, the grandmaster said he has not thought about it as he was currently focused on playing. "It's very difficult to combine (coaching) with the playing career. And I am still not ready to give that (playing career) up. I am still looking forward for playing for several years. And after that, we can see," he said.
Anand, India's first Grandmaster, also disagreed with the perception in some quarters that training abroad is better than doing so back home.