World Champion Viswanathan Anand on Friday said a series of successes by various Indian sportspersons had added to his motivation level to defend his title against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia.
"I am really happy to see so many sporting success for India this year. Apart from cricket, I could follow Abhinav Bindra and Saina Nehwal's triumphs. In fact, that gave me a little bit of extra motivation to win back my title," Anand said on his return to Chennai for the first time after reclaiming the crown.
The 38-year-old chess ace said he was proud to thump former World Champion Kramnik in a 12-game match - a format which is supposed to be the Russian's forte.
"It is unheard of to take a three-point lead, especially against a player like Kramnik," he said and admitted that his "opening preparations played a big part" in his success. "Games 3 and 5 were not only important wins but they were also beautiful wins," added Anand, referring to his three-point lead at Bonn, Germany last month.
Anand said he was also proud of his consistency and that he managed to peak in the right years because of which he reached the pinnacle of the game.
"I am pretty proud of my consistency. I am in top-three (rankings) from 1996 till today... I also managed to peak in the right years which is very important," he said.
But Anand refused that he had reached the cul de sac as far as chess was concerned.
"I am still learning a lot about chess. I am enthusiastic about chess and motivated to play," he said. Asked about the legacy he has created in Indian chess, Anand said, "I am both happy and proud that I made the contribution to make India a potential power in chess".