Main goal is to retain World Title in Moscow: Anand

Viswanathan Anand says his main goal now is to retain the world title.

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Keeping his eyes focused on the World Chess Championship beginning in November in Moscow, Viswanathan Anand today said his main goal now was to retain the World title. "I would like to retain the World Championship. That's a very important goal. It's big challenge to do it twice in a row. But I am going there with all guns (booming)," Anand said, adding he was expecting a tough challenge. Noting that 100 to 120 best players in the world are participating in the Championship, Anand said any of the top 10 could win it. "It's quite unpredictable," he said. The 31-year-old said he planned to start a chess academy but that will be only after he retires from professional Chess. "Yes that will be much later. It (academy) is not something you can combine with your career. I should give it 100 per cent. You can't turn up on a Sunday and give a few lessons. It's not healthy." Anand said he would be playing chess for at least five years and then would "have a relook" and see whether he "still likes and enjoys playing the game". He also has plans to contribute to the popularity of chess, mainly in India, and wherever he can. (PTI)