Monday, March 17, 2014
Short: Impossible for Anand to regain world title
Nigel Short does not see Anand winning another World title
Press Trust of India | Kolkata
March 17, 2014 Last Updated at 21:55 IST
Senior chess player Nigel Short of England today said it would not be possible for former champion Viswanathan Anand to regain the world chess title which he lost last year to Magnus Carlsen of Norway.
"Anand is five-time world champion and definitely one of the greatest players in chess. But I don't see him winning the world chess title again," Short told reporters at the Alekhine Chess Club here.
Asked whether his defeat to Carlsen could be termed as the end of Anand era in world chess, Short said Anand's defeat in the last world chess final was "very severe and damaging".
"When one has to play top class chess for a long time - 5/6 hours or more - it is very difficult to sustain. Anand is not a young man now. Chess is a young man's game and Carlson is half his age," said Short who reached the World Chess championship final in 1993 but lost to Gary Kasparov.
Nigel said Carlsen was capable of ruling the world chess for a few years. "But it is up to him. People get distracted easily."
Nigel said he did not see Indian winning the world title after Anand in immediate future, though many good players are coming up. "May be someone will emerge as the world's top player in the next generation."
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