Five-time former world champion Viswanathan Anand has his cash firmly on Magnus. “Going by what we know so far- Magnus is very much the favourite. He has been in good form and preparing well,” Anand instructed the TOI.
Having mentioned that, the 51-yr-previous believes that Nepo — the challenger — will not make it any simpler for Magnus. “Nepo must be very motivated. And he has had a whole year to train and reinvent himself. We know that, on multiple occasions, be it at the (FIDE) Grand Prix where he did well to qualify for the Candidates and at the Candidates —he rose to the occasion,” Anand identified.
Anand feels the match in opposition to Magnus will change Nepo as a participant. “I think a World championship is an experience that changes you and it will change him as a player,” mentioned Anand.
The 51-yr-previous legend is worked up to be doing full-time commentary for the primary time in a World championship match. “Whenever I have watched a World championship match — I have often thought about what it’s like to commentate. It’s funny to be at the other end of it now and a new feeling to be at a World championship without the tension. I will try to enjoy it as a spectator and hopefully communicate it with the audience,” talked about Anand.
The final yr or so has seen Anand being mentor to younger weapons like Arjun Erigaisi, R Praggnanandhaa, D Gukesh, Raunak Sadhwani amongst others as half of the Westbridge Anand Chess Academy. Anand is obvious that being a mentor or doing commentary will not be lengthy-time period selections but.
“I enjoy trying them because it’s connected to the game. My schedule has been thrown off course for almost two years now because of the Covid-19 pandemic. These are not long-term decisions and heavily influenced by the current situation,” acknowledged Anand.