Despite 'horrible' year, Viswanathan Anand vows to remain positive and humble

While he admits average age of champions in chess has come down, Viswanathan Anand (44) says he has no plans to retire in the near future.

updated: December 23, 2013 22:52 IST
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New Delhi: Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand on Monday, described this year which saw him surrender the world crown to Norwegian Magnus Carlsen as a "horrible" one but said he would stay positive without getting bogged down thinking about the debacle.

"It has been a horrible year for me. It looks like the toughest of my career. I mean World Championship had the most impact, if it had won it there then it would have been a brilliant year," Anand said on the sidelines of a NIIT programme here on Monday. (Related: Indian chess in 2013 - a flashback)

"I was analysing the year before the World Championship. At some point I remember instances where I went wrong but I think I have to stay positive and try to do well next year," said the undisputed king of chess from 2007 to 2013 who lost to Carlsen in the World Championship match in Chennai last month.

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