New Delhi:Viswanathan Anand is the world number one in chess and now he could add a second world title to his name.
Anand will certainly be among the favourites as the World Chess Championships begin in Mexico from Thursday. But first he will have to get past an elite field of eight players, including the current world champion Vladimir Kramnik.
It is set to be a hotly contested event with eight of the world's top chess players slated to participate. The tournament that goes on till September 30 will have a prize money of $1.3 million.
Anand arrived home to a big welcome in 2000 after winning his first and only world chess title in Tehran. He had two failed attempts to wrest away the crown from Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov.
Now seven years later Anand has another shot at becoming world champion - an honour he so deserves given his form and ranking. He became world number one for the first time this year after winning the Linares title.
Perhaps the only weakness for Anand could be that he is considered far better at rapid chess than at classical chess which is what is played at the world championships.
But the man dubbed the lightening kid because of how quickly he makes his moves would certainly like to add his collection of world titles.
Anand could have had more of those to his name right now but for the fact that the world championships have been mired in controversy over the last decade.
The format has been different each time and so have the competitors. No wonder then that we have a world champion in Ruslan Ponmariov who many people have not even heard of.