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Anand would be under pressure from home fans: Pravin Thipsay

Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand pla

It would have been favorable for the Indian if the match was not scheduled in Chennai: Pravin Thipsay

Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand plaMumbai: With the buzz surrounding the contest between five time champion Viswanathan Anand and world number one Magnus Carlsen, Chess Grand Master Pravin Thipsay today said it would have been favorable for the Indian if the match was not scheduled in Chennai.

“The match being held at Chennai, I am not sure if that will have a good effect. Anand would be under a lot of pressure. I think this is not favorable for Anand,” Thipsay said at the Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai awards.

The match is slated between November 7 and 26 in Chennai.

Analysing the players, Thipsay said that Anand has struggled in the past against players who take risks.

“The only problem with him is the players who are very erratic and players who play positions, which are not known to them. There are players who are natural gamblers and they play variations without knowing what will happen. Anand has always been bad against such street fighters. If he is able to study the style of a player, he can beat anybody,” he said.

He said if the 43-year-old Anand doesn’t make it a matter of prestige against his 22-year-old opponent then he is likely to succeed.

“Overall it is a match between a master of the game and one of the best street fighters. Carlsen plays very similar to his mentor Grand Master Simen Agdestein. He gets into position which is not known to him and not known to the opponent either. The positions which are not ambitious and he doesn’t know what will happen,” he said.

“He is going to fight it out over the board. That is the sort of thing which is dangerous because probably he doesn’t have anything to lose since he has several years more. If Anand doesn’t make it a matter of prestige, Anand will prevail.”

PTI

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