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As soon as I put the knight on f1,I knew what I had done: Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand said he had no choice but to play an attacking game.

Written by Express News Service | Chennai | Published: November 22, 2013 2:00:09 am

After a wild game that could have gone both ways,Viswanathan Anand lost when he blundered on move 28. Magnus Carlsen admitted that he was ‘scared’ looking at white’s menacing attack while Anand said he had no choice but to play an attacking game,considering he was trailing by two points. Anand went on to explain how he made the crucial error at the end and also said that he did not regret the way the game went.

On the game

Carlsen: “We get a very very sharp position from the opening. Basically I missed something with e5 because I would like to block the pawns. But it would have been uncomfortable and here I had to go all out for counterplay. There was an amazing number of complicated lines. As it happened,my moves weren’t complicated and I had to play the only moves that were available and fortunately for me he blundered. He just missed Qf5. Even so,black should be able to hold.”

On being scared

Carlsen: “I mean (I was) all the time. The white pawns look extremely menacing. I was trying to calculate as best as I could. It seems there wasn’t any mate.”

On the blunder

Anand: “The match situation did not leave me with much of a choice. I saw a couple of moments where I could exit but black is also out of serious danger. It seemed to be very dangerous for black. I decided to give it a shot. In the end it was silly,whatever you want to call it. Thing is I had been calculating for 40 minutes (on 23. Qf4) but I couldn’t see a way forward (for the win). But then I got to this position and suddenly saw Nf1 Qd1 Rh4 Qf5 Rh5 gh5 and Ne3 and the knight is coming to e7 and for a moment I got excited. I had missed that the knight had just moved and wasn’t covering h4 anymore. As soon as I put the knight on f1 I knew what I had done and what can I say.”

On the attacking game

Anand: “I had a rest day to get familiar with the material because it was a complicated line and I had to go for something like this. Glad I went for the win. But right now… I still think this was the right choice and so there are no regrets about that.”

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