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I was outplayed by Carlsen, says Viswanathan Anand


Rajdeep Sardesai,CNN-IBN
Nov 30, 2013 at 12:15am IST

New Delhi: In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN after losing his world title, Viswanathan Anand said that he was outplayed by the 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen.

"The thing is Magnus is a different opponent with a different style and I could not figure him out. He also has a radical approach to chess and I couldn't find him out though I tried a strategy to neutralise his stronger points and it didn't work," Anand admitted.

When asked about his emotions after the defeat, Anand said, "It still hurts and will take some time but I feel much better now."

However, Anand was prompt in praising Carlsen and said, "All my strategies against him failed and he deserves to win, no ambiguity about that."

During the championship, Anand was criticised for his defensive style of play, but the five-time world champion defended his approach.

"I did play aggressive chess but Carlsen has made a career for himself by playing imposing chess. He is a versatile and diversed player with lot of resources and at times I forced him into aggressive position but couldn't manage to bring him out of his comfort zone," Anand said.

But certainly after the defeat, Anand is not thinking of retirement. "I certainly understand this defeat will be a milestone in my career and the loss of world title has impacted me but I'm not retiring yet," Anand said.

On his relation with Carlsen on and off the chess board, Anand said: "I have got along with him in phases but round about last year you could feel the rivalry thing as we both went cold and it's quite normal. Maybe this year the match dominated our thinking and in the press conferences also I could sense the distance."

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