Anand to play in Legends of Chess

by ChessBase
7/9/2020 – After confirming his participation to play at the fourth stage of the Magnus Carlsen Tour, former world champion Vishy Anand talked to The Hindu. The “Tiger of Madras” praised the current world champion for having organized the tour and showed he is more than willing to try new formats in this time of crisis. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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A legend in the field

The fourth tournament of this year’s Magnus Carlsen Tour kicks off on July 21. Dubbed “Legends of Chess”, it will include players from an older generation. By now, we know that Peter Svidler will not be among the commentators as he has been invited to participate, and that Indian superstar Vishy Anand will also be part of the line-up. They will be joined, among others, by the four semifinalists of the Chessable Masters: Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri, Ding Liren and Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Sportstar, the sports magazine published by The Hindu, talked to the 50-year-old grandmaster, who commented:

The invitation has been around for a couple of weeks and I finally convinced myself that it would be worth playing. I have played so little this year that I kind of felt it's good to push myself back. It's a very interesting field, multi-generational, and I hope I will play well.

Asked about the added challenges in playing online with the new generation of players, Anand said, “Well, I'll find out.”

Anand, who has remained at the top of the ratings list for around 30 years, praised Carlsen and the Saint Louis Chess Club for their initiatives during the coronavirus pandemic:

Of course, [Magnus] Carlsen should be congratulated for what he has managed with this Tour. Also, the St. Louis Chess Club experimented with this new format of clutch chess. This will be useful because, perhaps, some of these formats will stay in the future.

Read the full article on Sportstar

The Magnus Carlsen Tour

Four super-tournaments culminating in a Grand Final in August have become the new “majors” for online chess, the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. It follows the breakout success of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational which shattered all records for online viewership and now serves as the first leg of the Tour.

Tour Schedule

The top four players of each tournament are guaranteed a place in the following one. The Grand Final will be played between the winners of the individual tournaments.

The combined prize fund is US$1 million.


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