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'Happy that the meet started'

Chennai, Nov 10, 2013, PTI:
thoughtful: India's Viswanathan Anand makes a move against Magnus Carlsen in Chennai on Saturday. pti

After soaking in the pressure and being immersed in preparation for months, defending champion Viswanathan Anand on Saturday said he felt relieved that his World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen finally started but his rival was not too pleased with the first day's proceedings.

"After thinking about it for months and months, today (Saturday) it finally started. It's almost a relief," said the 43-year-old Anand in his opening statement after the first game which ended in a quick draw. The 22-year-old Carlsen's expressions summed up the game pretty quickly.

"I am not too thrilled with the game but of course I am happy to play, normally in these lines play develops quickly but here there was some crisis early and I had to pull the emergency breaks and take a draw," the Norwegian said in the post-match press conference.


When asked about the hype the match has created across the globe, Anand was quite candid: "I am quite happy that it has been covered well but to be honest I am more focused on the match.”

Speaking about today's game, Anand said he was satisfied with the draw.

"You can't start reacting to every twist and turn. There will be many twist and turns. Today went well for me. I was thinking of 'b5' but I didn't see anything," he said.
Meanwhile, it was a dream come true for several chess fans, who watched their icon Anand in action against Carlsen.

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