THE match between five-time FIDE world champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Magnus Carlsen will be a top draw at the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships.
The former No.1 player, who confirmed his participation, ruled the world from 2007 to 2012 as the undisputed king, with his famous wins coming against Russian Vladimir Kramnik (2008), Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov (2010) and Israel’s Boris Gelfand two years later, all at the World Championships.
However, he met his match in Magnus Carlsen at the 2013 Worlds in his hometown of Chennai.
Before the event, Anand had held a 6-3 win-loss record in 29 matches against the Norwegian, but Carlsen comfortably dethroned Anand, winning 6.5-3.5.
Since then, Carlsen has had the measure of Anand, defeating him again at the 2014 World Championships in Sochi, Russia.
It will be interesting to see how Anand, 47, tackles Carlsen’s super mind in the faster format.
“He has a mixture of ex-world champions Anatoly Karpov and Boris Spassky. He has very good positional and tactical accuracy. The computer influence is visible in his strategies,” world No.7 Anand had said about the current world champion.