World Champion Viswanathan Anand was felicitated in Chennai on Sunday, an occasion when the Grand Master chose to explain how he managed to defend his title despite the pressures.
Calling Boris Gelfand a complicated opponent, Anand said it was all about how well he prepared. "Boris was a complicated opponent. In chess, it is all about how well you are prepared and how little your opponent is. I was expected about what was to come and wanted to put him under pressure," he said.
Saying he has known Gelfand since 1989, Anand said the Grand Master from Israel had a deep understanding of chess. "He had prepared very cleverly. He managed to control the match to a great deal - it was only in game 11 and 12 we started to break out a bit."
Sponsors NIIT also announced a scholarship to honour the five-time World Champion.
Tamil Nadu government previously, had announced a Rs 2 crore reward for him.