Chess as a sport requires a lot of mental stamina, and this is what that makes it different from a physical sport. Chess players have a unique ability of taking in a lot of information and remembering relevant bits. So, memory and mental stamina are the key attributes.— Viswanathan Anand
The most inspiring Viswanathan Anand quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
Parents, first and foremost, it is important to.
.. understand and recognise the activities your child is naturally gravitating towards. It's important also to ensure that your child likes what he or she is doing. I believe in exposing children to as many hobbies and extracurricular activities as possible.
Confidence is very important - even pretending to be confident.
If you make a mistake but do not let your opponent see what you are thinking then he may overlook the mistake.
In any match, there are few critical moments where there's no second best decision. The rest of the moves are intuitive.
You need to motivate yourself, no matter what-definitely when things are bad, but also when things are good. Or else, you risk becoming complacent.
I attend to my fitness. I go the gym every day and try to maintain my physical fitness; without that, it is tough to take challenges on the chess board.
Grandmasters decline with age. That's a given. There is nothing special about the age of 40, but age eventually takes its toll. That much is clear. Beyond that it's about how long you can put off the effects and compensate for them. Mistakes will crop in but you try to compensate for them with experience and hard work.
For me, each game is a new challenge, which has to be dealt with rationally and systematically. At that time, every other thought fades into oblivion.
Just before a game, I try to keep a clear mind so that I can focus better.
I'm the kind of person who plays fast and relies a lot on intuition, so being at peace with myself is vital. Saying my daily prayers helps me achieve this heightened state of mind.
There is always the risk of being over-confident when you are preparing to face a weaker player.
When I was about six, I saw my elder siblings play chess and pestered my mother into teaching me. Very soon, I was beating everyone at home, and they thought it would be good to join a club. So my sister would take me to the Tal chess club on Thursdays and weekends.
I think an important lesson from the game is that once you have made a move, you cannot take it back. You really have to measure your decisions. You think a lot. You evaluate your choices very carefully. There's never any guarantee about what's going to follow once you have made a decision.
The Internet gives you access to a lot of material, and it's fun to sit and read. I go to something like Wikipedia and look at different topics... I find the subject fascinating. I like to read about concepts and mathematicians.
Before a game, I avoid having a heavy meal so that I don't feel sleepy at the board. You eat to be healthy, and that generally takes care of everything. Also, you can't be too finicky, since at tournaments you tend to eat at restaurants here and there. But, as long as you're eating sensibly, it's all good.
There are some aspects of work you need to keep working on and no matter what environment you are in. Continuous learning is very important. It's what I call 'competitive tension', which is about having a competition around.
The broader the chess player you are, the easier it is to be competitive, and the same seems to be true of mathematics - if you can find links between different branches of mathematics, it can help you resolve problems. In both mathematics and chess, you study existing theory and use that to go forward.
You bring to chess facets of your personality and what you are.
I have interests other than chess, like music and world and current affairs. I also have many friends around the world with whom I like to keep in touch.
Things like the financial markets - a proper grounding in mathematics could help the common man. I believe that if people are more familiar with mathematical concepts... it can help deal with modern life, which is increasingly complex.
It's important, according to me, to train in small doses so as to not lose the joy of playing chess. I personally think too many coaching and training classes may take away a child's interest in the game itself. The essential thing to do is practise often and, in case of a doubt, to consult a trainer.
If you have a strong opponent, a competition is stimulating.
I am generally most open to ideas when I have had a bad result. In chess, too, players specialise. This specialty then becomes an entry barrier.
Chess is like a language, the top players are very fluent at it.
Talent can be developed scientifically but you have to find first what you are good at.
There are two aspects to being competitive;
one is to do with sports, and the other is about technical skills. Being able to recollect the moves and apply them when necessary is a critical aspect.
In the knockout tournaments, it's futile to prepare for a grand finale.
You may have worked out many strategies for the final. But you may lose in the first round itself.
I keep forcing, I keep learning new things in the game, and so far I have been taking challenges as they come.
I feel that schools and corporates should help the government in popularising sports in the country. Blaming the government for every sporting debacle will not be fair.
Preparedness for a game that usually lasts four-five hours requires good physical condition and also steady nerves.
We want more women players to take up chess.
There are few participants at the national level and hope it will grow.
When I started out playing chess as a kid I thought I should be world champion.
As a kid you have no idea what that means and you only sort of picture it. It is hard to imagine that I waited all those years and it happened in a late stage of my career.
There are some things we do much better than computers, but since most of chess is tactically based they do many things better than humans. And this imbalance remains. I no longer have any issues. It's bit like asking an astronomer, does he mind that a telescope does all the work. He is used to it. It is just an incredible tool that you can use.
I would never suggest to anyone that they drop school for chess.
First of all even if you can make it in chess, your social skills need to be developed there.
I love travelling and going on wildlife safaris.
I have an interest in astronomy. I like reading on current affairs, business and science. I love doing nothing if I can help it.
I was very lucky that while I was a chess player in a country where chess was not a big deal, I happened to be in the one city where there was a sprouting chess team: Chennai.
I'll take my five positions per second any day, thank you
Nowadays, when you're not a grandmaster at 14, you can forget about it
It is very difficult to play a single blitz game! You want to play for a long time. So I tend not to do that anymore.
India has lot of talent. What I am happy with is that the talent keeps on coming. Certainly it could be nice, though I am not terribly keen on seeing my successor yet.
I like to keep myself physically and mentally fit before any important match.
I usually take a short nap just before the game and do not practice immediately before the tournament.
I don't know how many calories an average chess player burns per game, but it often exceeds that of a player in ball games. It is not only the chess as such: You need to be fit and undergo complicated preparation.
Carlsen will be ridiculously difficult to play against. (on the 2013 World Championship match)
My practice schedule is not constant and changes a lot and depends on my moods also.
I have a love for astronomy; Aruna, my wife, and I love travelling, so whenever we get an opportunity, we set off to explore places that have tickled our interest. We are also wildlife enthusiasts.
A win is a win, which is about that particular moment.
My parents were very supportive of my chess.
When I got home after a game of chess, having missed school or something, they always made me feel very welcome; I didn't feel guilty at all about pursuing chess with such fervour. They never, for instance, perceived sports as a rival to academics.
When you play with the best in the world, it is important that you not lose focus. You must be fully focused. Even a minor error could result in a massive defeat.
For me, chess is not a profession, it is a way of life, a passion.
People may feel that I have conquered the peak and will not have to struggle. Financially, perhaps that is true; but as far as chess goes, I'm still learning a lot!
It is important that you don't let your opponent impose his style of play on you. A part of that begins mentally. At the chessboard if you start blinking every time he challenges you then in a certain sense you are withdrawing. That is very important to avoid.
In chess, knowledge is a very transient thing.
It changes so fast that even a single mouse-slip sometimes changes the evaluation.
I appreciate the support and anyone who takes up a position on my behalf.
Especially in matches, this feeling that there are people behind you, gives me a lot of strength.
Before a match, I do not follow any chess news except the games.
Each match I approach like a new one.
The work is so immense that you don't have time to sit and ponder.