"I hadn't expected it. One day I got a message from Kasparov that he could help me with analysis if I wanted. Kramnik also got in touch some time later," said the Indian chess wizard on Friday.
The three-time winner of the coveted world crown said at the same time he was not surprised by the help offered by current world no 1 Magnus Carlsen as the Norwegian ace had helped him in the past.
"Carlsen has always been a help but I didn't expect it from these two (Kasparov and Karpov)," Anand said.