I will continue to play even after winning the FIDE elections, says Viswanathan Anand | Chess News


NEW DELHI: Dismissing all speculation about his retirement from the sport, Indian Grandmaster (GM) Viswanathan Anand has said he will continue to play chess even if he wins the post of vice-president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) elections.
The 52-year-old five-time world champion insisted he had already told senior FIDE officials he would not stop playing chess.
The Indian Chess Federation (AICF) unanimously decided to support the candidacy of Anand for the position of Vice President of FIDE and if all goes in his favor, it would be the first time that an Indian will hold a high level position in FIDE.
“I’m at the stage where I play chess much less than before. I also have my academy, which I will continue to devote a lot of time to. Despite winning the elections, I will continue to play, I’m not retiring , yes the intensity of the tournaments will definitely be less because I have to do a lot of things simultaneously,” Anand said at a press conference in Delhi on Friday.
When asked if he wins the election, how he sees himself in the role of FIDE officials, Anand said: “It will be like a new challenge. Something nice to experience, I will try to learn as best I can. I don’t think I bring any obvious things to the administration. I hope to be there as some kind of public face of chess to communicate my ideas and vision, but that would be a surprise for me if I find myself administering things in a few years. And clearly, as your question indicates, there will be a huge learning curve for me, because I’m not used to it.”
“I wanted to give back a lot to my sport which helped it grow. I brought attention to it and people appreciate that India is playing chess. I think that’s partly true,” said he explained by joining the administrations.

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