Grzegorz Gajewski to Help Viswanathan Anand in his Bid to Regain World Title
Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand admitted that age is catching up with him.
Grzegorz Gajewski will help former World Champion Viswanathan Anand in his bid to regain the title.
The Polish Grandmaster will be the Indian chess wizard's main seconds.
"I will not announce my seconds now. But I've been travelling whole year with Gajewski so he's my main second," Anand said without divulging his full team for the next year's Candidates to be held in Moscow from March 10-30.
"In chess nature of work becomes informal. It's literally very spontaneous and informal. You don't plan so much. Nobody is your permannent employment," he said when asked whether Sasikiran and Surya Sekhar Ganguly will be his seconds.
Six players -- Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, and Veselin Topalov -- have already qualified while the wildcard will go to Levon Aronian.
Russian born Dutch GM Anish Giri who beat defending champion Anand at the Bilbao Masters last month, has the best chances to become candidate number eight for the tournament that will determine World Champion Magnus Carlsen's opponent in the World Chess Championship.
On his preparation, Anand said: "Preparation will be here and there but exclusively for Candidates it will begin after mid-February."
The 45-year-old admitted that age is catching up with him.
"I understand I'm getting older. People notice that. I reluctantly talk about the age thing but I don't want to keep on emphasising. It is what it is. You have to push yourself a bit harder.
"It's pretty straightforward and you need an opinion that in chess the top players are getting younger. You cannot ignore the fact that the peak age of chess is not 40, it's below. As long as I'm able to compete, I'm happy to try," Anand said.
Mourning the loss of his mother Sushila earlier this year, Anand said: "Mother's loss is something you cannot recover. You carry it whole your life. She was very close to my chess. She would call before and after every tournament. She followed my chess very very closely.
"It's tough. When you go back to Chennai, something is missing. There's one number you don't call anymore. She always pick up the phone first. But time helps a bit. You stop crying everyday. It's painful but after a while you realise you keep the good memories."
Anand was seen in a different role, giving a talk about fashion in Blenders Pride Fashion Tour.
"Fashion is about wearing something you feel comfortable. It's simple," he signed off.