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Beating Kasparov will be more satifying: Anand

New Delhi,Oct 16(UNI) World chess champion Vishwanathan Anand today declared that his desire for more victories would remains unsatiated unless he beats Garry Kasparov, the Russian legend.

"Beating Kasparov will be more satisfying than winning the recent World hampionships title, said Anand, adding "I love playing chess. I have the hunger still in me.I want to try out things that I have never done, so it is still interesting", Talking to mediapersons here, Anand was candid enough to admit that he will like to renew his rivalry with Kasparov, saying "Yes, if Kasparov is interested. It will be very interesting. For me it will be a nice challenge. There is a match waiting for him if he wants," Anand has defeated Kasparov eight times in 78 matches -- classical as well as rapid chess -- in his career and lost 27 games before the Russian quit active chess.

"I can assure him that it will be less dangerous than his current occupation," he said referring to the former champion's involvement in politics.

The Indian claimed the World title on September 29, replacing Vladimir Kramnik of Russia.This is the first time Anand won the unified world title. In 2000, he claimed the official FIDE World Championships played in India and Iran, but world chess was split then and top stars, including Kramnik, did not take part.

He said he is here on a holiday and added "I am enjoying every bit of it" After almost a month's break, Anand will play at Wijk Aan Zee, Linares-Morelia, Leon and the most important of them all -- the World Championship match against Vladimir Kramnik of Russia.

Anand supported having shorter championship cycle"Long candidate matches have worked well only once. But now players' careers are shorter so three-year or two-year cycles are not workable. They have to be shorter. It's normal that things be rubbed. But I am happy with the current cycle," Anand was given a huge welcome when he arrived in a royal cavalcade at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus here this afternoon.

Anand, with his wife Aruna, flagged off the NIIT Mind Champions chess tournament here.

"Chess is a mind game. To be at the top of the game, requires consistent performance through focus and practice," he later said.

Anand was of the view that the introduction of technology was having a positive impact on the game."Computers are changing the face of the world. They make you enormously productive. With the help of computers you can check on your variations and get at least 15 ideas in a day," He was full of praise for promising Indian players "I think among the men Sasikaran and Harikrishna are good. Both touched the 2700 Elo points. Among the girls, I feel Humpy and Harika are good".

About world's youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi, he said"I think he is on the right track. He is playing lots of tournaments, and I think that is what ideally you should do when you are young." The World champion was of the view that Indian women too could set records in world chess but lack of participation is the main stumbling block.

"I think it is just a matter of participation. The more they participate the more women GMs (grandmasters) we will have in this country," he said.

He refused to get involved in any controversy by comparing re chess with cricket."I don't know about the comparison. You try to do the best for your sport and you don't lose the focus. That's the way it should be." UNI HSB VD RK1945

Story first published: Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 12:37 [IST]
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