Anand calls Spain his second home
As the FIFA World Cup nears its final with an impending semifinal clash between Spain and Germany, chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, an avid fan of the beautiful game is rooting for Spain, a country he calls his second home.
“I am closely watching Spain. I like their style of play,” Anand said.
The grandmaster who catches the FIFA World Cup fever on television says he was also keenly following Argentina and its star player Lionel Messi before the South American team crashed out to Germany in the quarterfinal stage.
“Spain are the current European champions and it looks a little less difficult for them to make it a double,” says Anand.
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Anand says he would be participating in five to six tournaments this year including the London Chess Classic.
Anand also exuded confidence in the young chess brigade of the country but said it’s difficult to pick the best among such talent.
“Yes we have quite a few names coming up– Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika, Tania Sachdev and amongst the boys’ we have Abhijeet Gupta, Parimarjan Negi and others, but I don’t think they are breaking away from each other, it’s difficult to pick one, they are a talented lot,” he says.
Already a book old with ‘My Best Games of Chess’ in 1998, Anand says he might get into the shoes of a writer again in the near future.
“Yes it could be, quite possible, but nothing confirmed yet,” he said.