Viswanathan Anand pays tribute to Jayalalithaa, eyes confident showing in 2017 - watsupptoday.com
Viswanathan Anand pays tribute to Jayalalithaa, eyes confident showing in 2017
Posted 24 Dec 2016 01:56 PM

Viswanathan Anand had high and low points in 2016. He won the Leon Chess Rapid Masters tournament and had solid performances in the Sinquefield Cup in St.Louis, Tal Memorial tournament and in the London Chess Classic.

The low point was the Candidates tournament where, despite beating eventual winner Sergey Karjakin of Russia, Anand ended up joint second. He finished fourth in the 2016 Grand Chess tour, resulting in him not securing direct qualification for the Grand Chess tour of 2017.

Another low point for Anand in 2016 was the death of Tamil Nadu chief minister, Jayalalithaa, on December 5. The five-time world champion had a good rapport with the actress-turned-politician. Her biggest contribution to chess was ensuring Chennai hosted the 2013 FIDE World Championships, the first time the World Championship was held outside Europe, Russia or the United States.

Anand, who will play the World Rapid and Blitz championship in Doha on December 25, spoke about his performances, his memories of Jayalalithaa and the challenges for 2017.

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