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The undisputed chess King speaks

'The match was quite tough'

November 3, 2008

World chess champion Viswanathan Anand is still in Germany. His tickets for Spain, where he lives, have been booked for November 5. The Indian ace clinched the World Championship against Russia's Vladimir Kramnik after the 11th game of the 12-round final ended in a draw last Wednesday, giving him a 6.5-4.5 victory.

Anand spoke to Shobha Warrier from Frankfurt about the championship:

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  • First, congratulations to the World champion!

    Thank you very much.

    This championship is being described as one of the most one-sided at this level by many experts. Did you expect it to be such a one-sided affair?

    One-sided is too strong an expression to use. The match was quite tough though the score definitely was heavily in my favour. It was not that the games were easy; they were very tough and very intense.

    Is it your preparation that helped you floor Kramnik and make him rather defenceless?

    In fact, I would say both of us prepared excellently. It went on for months. I have no doubt his preparation had been excellent. As important as the preparation is guessing what your opponent had prepared and what he might be doing. That is the key. This is where we did much better.

    Were you and your seconds thinking from Kramnik's point of view more while preparing?

    Yes. Also, we managed to see what kind of challenges we would present, where would he expect me to go, etc. We tried to go into the areas where he would not expect me to go at all. I played different things which I have never done before at places like Vienna. We were able to come up with lots of new stuff.

    Photographs: Frederic Friedel and Wolfgang Rzychon, www.chessbase.com

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