Press Esc to close
Friday 06 March 2015
News updated at 12:52 AM IST
Weather
Max: 31.7°C
Min : 16.9°C
In Bengaluru
clear sky

'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.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Rajnath Singh celebrates Holi with Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay and party leader Vijay Goel...

Rajnath Singh celebrates Holi with Delhi BJP Chief Satish Upadhyay and party leader Vijay Goel...

Hema Malini reacts as an MP smears Gulal on her forehead ahead of Holi celebrations...

Hema Malini reacts as an MP smears Gulal on her forehead ahead of Holi celebrations...

People sing and dance while celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colours, in Kathmandu...

People sing and dance while celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colours, in Kathmandu...

Narendra Modi being presented with the autographed tennis racquets of Leander Paes and Martina...

Narendra Modi being presented with the autographed tennis racquets of Leander Paes and Martina...

Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they take part in the Holi celebrations...

Widows daubed in colours chant religious hymns as they take part in the Holi celebrations...

Tourists celebrate Holi in Jodhpur on Wednesday...

Tourists celebrate Holi in Jodhpur on Wednesday...

A child during Holi celebration in Alipurduar on Thursday...

A child during Holi celebration in Alipurduar on Thursday...

Stranded trucks wait for the re-opening of the Jammu-Srinagar highway, at Nandni near Jammu...

Stranded trucks wait for the re-opening of the Jammu-Srinagar highway, at Nandni near Jammu...

Tennis star and ambassador of Earth Hour 2015, Sania Mirza signs a poster during a press meet...

Tennis star and ambassador of Earth Hour 2015, Sania Mirza signs a poster during a press meet...

People watching the wreckage of the Jaguar fighter aircraft...

People watching the wreckage of the Jaguar fighter aircraft...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523