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Anand looks forward to busier 2013

Chess icon Viswanathan Anand has an insatiable thirst for success despite his exemplary achievements. The five-time World Champion had a lean patch in 2012 by his standards but now he is itching for action with a host of tournaments lined up, including the defence of his World crown.

Anand could only take part in a single event after his thrilling win against Israel’s Boris Gelfand at the 2012 Moscow World Championship in May. Looking ahead, the 43-year-old says he is still very much motivated about competing, so much so that he has accepted all invitations for next year.

‘I was hoping to play in some more tournaments after the World Championship but it could not work out that way. For 2013, I accepted every single invitation that came my way.  Motivation is not really a problem for me and to be honest I have not really thought about slowing down,’ said Anand when asked about his retirement.

He will be playing five events till May and another two in the second half of the year.
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