Unwavering Anand to focus on Chess World Cup
"Retirement" and "stopping" are two words Viswanathan Anand hears quite often these days. But despite 2017 not quite turning out to be his year so far, the chess wizard has not given any thought to quitting.
The 47-year-old former world champion is taking some time off before he gets down to tournament play in St. Louis, USA, where the focus would be on Russian chess legend Garry Kasparov, who is making a surprise return to the game.
Anand has been spending time with his family here and recently watched Roger Federer win his eighth Wimbledon title at 36. The Swiss superstar too had hung in there, despite facing difficult times.
"I had been following Federer at Wimbledon. It turned out to be too easy in the end (the final)," he said about the Swiss' 19th Grand Slam triumph.
"What a difference the new schedule has made to Federer.
He skipped the entire clay court season, the French Open and his march through Wimbledon was amazing," Anand said.
"I just hope to keep working hard. When one has a tough season it is easy to get thinking. It is important to have stubbornness, keep things going even when down," said the Chennai-born five-time world champion, after a season which has been up-and-down.
"I still believe that I can win tournaments and keep doing well," he said. Agencies