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Honoured to beat one of the greatest of all time: Magnus Carlsen

Anand said he could not execute his plans and was unable to keep mistakes from cropping up.

Written by Express News Service | Chennai | Published: November 23, 2013 1:27:31 am

At the end of the tenth game,both players gave their views on the match and where exactly they thought things had taken a decisive turn. Anand said he could not execute his plans and was unable to keep mistakes from cropping up in his games. Carlsen said he would like to take some credit for that,having put Anand under a lot of pressure through the match.

Excerpts from the press conference.

On becoming the world champion

Magnus Carlsen: It feels good.It has been tough,both here and in London (Candidates tournament) but I’ve been treated very well here in India,made to feel very comfortable. At some point I started to settle in and got the match to (be played to) my strengths. It has been a great event and I’m honoured and happy to have won it.

On the match

Viswanathan Anand: At the start of the match I thought my chances depended on my ability to last longer without making lot of mistakes. This year I had problems with mistakes creeping into my play. I tried to pay some attention to that but wasn’t really able to.

The way I lost the fifth game was how I did not want to play. The loss in the sixth was a heavy blow. I had really hoped to match him in long games but it was not to be. I mean,just a fine position in the opening and then slowly it slipped and so on. After that,I got worse and worse.

Yesterday,it was a nice game and today again. I guess,like they say,when it rains it pours.

On today’s game

Carlsen: I was just trying to play solidly in the opening,I’m pretty happy with what I got,solid position no weaknesses. As the game went on he started to drift a bit and then I thought as long as there is no risk I should try to win it. Some point after the time control the variations were too complicated and I decided to shut it down and get the draw.

On the blunders

Anand: I think it is fair enough to just congratulate him. My mistakes did not happen by themselves. Clearly he managed to provoke them. Full credit to him.

Carlsen: I would like to take some responsibility for his mistakes for sure. For a long time I just played and people crack under pressure even in World Championships,which is what history says. You keep pushing and eventually things happen. The blunders,each were unusual not what Anand usually makes and it was down to him being under pressure,making him sit at the board for a long time.

On turning points

Anand: I had a feeling this match would be about execution,holding at the board and seeing it though. Of course,game five was the real low point for me.

After that I mean you could say that I was depressed but game five nothing really happened. So,I managed not to understand him or me,I am not sure even which.

Carlsen: As he expected there were going to be fighting games. Basically game four gave me a very good feeling. I thought it was fighting. Though I didn’t win it I felt I had seized the initiative in the match and he was nervous.

On playing Anand for the title

Carlsen: Of course,Vishy has been the World Champion for so long,one of the greatest of all time. I’m honoured to play him and to have gotten the better of him. To the Indian fans,I’m sorry the match turned out the way it did.

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