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Anand to take part in World championships

INDIAN ATTACK:Anand says he will begin his preparations for the World Championship in August. — File Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

INDIAN ATTACK:Anand says he will begin his preparations for the World Championship in August. — File Photo: Rajeev Bhatt  

New Delhi: In a bid to clear the haze around the World chess title, former champion Viswanathan Anand gave an expected nod to take part in the World championship to be held in San Luis, Argentina later this year.

The tournament, however, might not end the ongoing dispute over the World title as classical champion Vladimir Kramnik has already made it clear that he will not participate in the tournament and has instead proposed to play the winner of this event to unify the chess world.

Anand, however, hoped that the tournament to be organised on the lines of a similar event held in 1948 in The Hague and Moscow, won by Russian Mikhail Botvinnik, would end a lot of ambiguity about the World champion.

``In general, I think this is the best solution. I think this will choose the World champion and hopefully that will be the end to a lot of ambiguity,'' he said about the $one million event.

Anand was not a part of original reunification treaty charted out by FIDE in 2002 at Prague but since then, after a few fallouts in carrying out the plans, the world body finally decided to go ahead with a new format that includes the top eight players in the world.

Double round robin

As a result, Garry Kasparov of Russia, Kramnik, Hungarian Peter Leko, Brit Michael Adams, Bulgarian Veselin Topalov, Uzbek Rustam Kasimdzhanov, and Russian Alexander Morozevich were invited to take part in the event which will be held on a double round robin basis.

Meanwhile, Anand said he would start thinking about the tournament in August. ``At present, I am focussing on the GM tournament in Sofia and will start to think about the (World) championship in August. Of course I will do a special training camp.More importantly, since it is a double round robin, it will be a tough format.'' — PTI

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