Svidler's Favourite Story: Anand Can Lose His Temper During the Game

Время публикации: 23.05.2012 14:59 | Последнее обновление: 23.05.2012 15:33

As it's known, Viswanathan Anand is one of the few famous players, whose emotions during the game, as well as before and after it, are quite hard to determine. His impenetrable face was marked during the current World Championship match as well.   

Yet Boris Gelfand didn't manage to take off Anand's mask; but once the reigning champion "lost his temper" due to the Russian GM Peter Svidler, who shared his story on the air of Echo of Moscow yesterday.

"This is my favourite story, - started Svidler, who hasn't ever defeated Anand in classical chess. - We've been playing one of those classical games in Madrid. He went on playing the variation which at that moment was considered to be good for Black, but for the part of the high level players it was already known that this variation wasn't that good for Black any more. And actually it already had a refutation. Before the tournament I thought that no player of Anand's level would play that variation against me and that's why I didn't even go through it. Nevertheless, it was played against me in the very first game of the competition... moreover, played by this big fish. I made all the forced moves, we went on that position where I could apply novelty, which was considered as the refutation of the variation; and here for the first and last time in my life I saw and heard Vishy expressing his opinion about the situation on the board loudly. I can't repeat what he has said - it was a clear one word. This is actually one of my favourite memories from my whole chess life - I managed to elicit a genuine reaction from such a great player... I still didn't win that game."  


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