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Paranoia before the games: Team Carlsen sweep hotel for bugs

It is difficult being Carlsen in Chennai,at least until the games start.

Written by Raakesh Natraj | London | Published: November 6, 2013 1:13:23 am

It is learned that Team Carlsen had their sixth floor accommodation at the Hyatt Regency swept for spying equipment on Tuesday. Paranoia and even scandal (the Toiletgate scandal of WCC 2006 saw Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov accuse each other of receiving assistance during toilet breaks) come with the territory of World Championship matches,but members of Carlsen’s team assured that they did not suspect Anand of any wrongdoing,saying that it was a precautionary measure against interference by fans or Indian journalists.

Earlier,Carlsen had removed to an undisclosed location (probably a beach resort) on arrival in Chennai,and is yet to check into the venue for the final.

It is difficult being Carlsen in Chennai,at least until the games start. On the one hand is the knowledge that in a world championship match you would want to leave nothing to chance,even if the possibility of being bugged is pretty remote. As an elite competitor,Carlsen would know that doing several small things right adds up to a measurable advantage and if he felt the local media attention (there certainly was an unexpected and fairly raucous turnout for his arrival on Monday) bruising,then he is perhaps right to continue living in isolation until just before the match starts.

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