(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) In all over 100 gms and five international masters (im) candidate masters (cm) are taking part in dubai this time.
former world number one viswanathan anand who lost to teenage sensation magnus carlsen in the last chapter of the fide world chess (traditional) challenge round in chennai will be the centre of attraction at the dubai chess and cultural club in mamzar near the century mall and the al shabab stadium from june 15 to 21.
when the dubai leg of the third fide world rapid & blitz chess championship gets going anand who resides in spain with his official negotiator and wife aruna and son akhil will have to contend with the top 16 of the world’s top 20 grandmasters (gm) including carlsen and the highly rated top fide ranked us star gm hikaru nakamura before he can entertain ideas of claiming the rapid or blitz worlds.
in all over 100 gms and five international masters (im) candidate masters (cm) are taking part in dubai this time.
he found dubai a great place to be in and homely during his previous stop here and mentioned to his friends and the media that the presence of so many people from his country in the uae made him feel very comfortable.
five-time traditional chess fide world champion anand was always known in his early years on the world stage for his fast attacking style. his approach and style suited the shorter versions of the game which became formalised as world events during the past two decades.
in 2000 he was the fide world blitz champ and later went on to claim the fide rapid crown in 2003.
after his world title loss to the boyish and charming carlsen anand put forward no lame excuses for the reverse.
“i had the openings and situations after a slow start start in the opening games but carlsen stuck to his fine game plans to keep bouncing me off during the more complicated manoeuvres as the match progressed.”
carlsen will take on anand for the fide world title later this year as anand shedding some of his indifferent form of 2013 has qualified as the candidate to challenge the champ.
lubomir kavalek the highly respected chess commentator described 44-year old anand as one of the most versatile world champions ever.
anand has won the fide world chess championship five times (2000 2007 2008 2010 2012) and was the undisputed world champion from 2007 to 2013. anand was the fide world rapid chess champion in 2003 and is widely considered the strongest rapid player of his generation.
the first gm india produced the mayiladuthurai tamil nadu born superstar learned the finer aspects when his father was posted to manila and from there on has never looked back. in fact he went on to clinch the world junior crown in the very same city in 1987 when 17 and went on to become india’s first gm a year later in coimbatore. anand was awarded the padma shri the same season.
the loyola college chennai b.com product is india’s truly great champion in terms of class and consistency after badminton legend prakash padukone on the world stage as chess and badminton are virtual international disciplines unlike cricket which is played seriously in hardly eight countries.
such is the respect the followers and outsiders to the sport hold for him and during president barack obama’s visit to india in 2010 anand was the only indian sportsman to be invited for dinner by the then prime minister of india.
the soft spoken and modest ‘champion of champions’ is always gracious both in defeat and when success comes to him.
anand is such an unassuming person with a reputation for refraining from controversial subjects even when provoked during interviews. chess legends garry kasparov vladimir kramnik and even magnus carlsen have all helped anand the ‘tiger of madras’ during his preparations for the world championship rounds over the years.
in 2011 kramnik told the media: “i always considered him (anand) to be a colossal talent one of the greatest in the whole history of chess” and “i think that in terms of play anand is in no way weaker than kasparov but he’s simply a little lazy relaxed and only focuses on matches. in the last 5–6 years he’s made a qualitative leap that’s made it possible to consider him one of the great chess players.”