He said that being a chess player, he cannot predict anything as it will raise people’s expectations.
“I’m the kind of person where even if I’m the favorite, I think you shouldn’t open your mouth. But you should focus on your chances of winning the game. I mean, you should focus on maximizing your Chances of winning games, rather than making statements to win medals, maybe it’s a sportsperson’s point of view,” Anand told IANS.
“It is natural that fans take it to a different level. But as a player I keep saying that we have a good team, we are capable of winning but we have to play well,” he said.
When asked about the Olympic torch relay concept, Anand, who finished third with 14.5 points ahead of world champion Magnus Carlsen (16.5 points) and Azerbaijan’s Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (15.5 points), won the recently concluded Norway Chess Classical tournament. I am really excited to be a part of this historic moment. I was always fascinated by the Olympic torch relay concept and now we have it in chess too. But the most amazing thing about it is that it has always been from India. And as an Indian, I am really proud of this fact.”
When asked about the impact of the Chess Olympiad on India’s chess, Anand said, “The impact is a process. So it can happen in 10 years or 12 years. Some great chess players will say, you know I am in Chess Olympiad.” Went to Chennai. And that’s what made me to be a chess player. I remember it even today, so it will have a huge impact.”
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