Anand requests for a curtain between audience, player
TNN, 14 February 2010, 02:41am IST

CHENNAI: Viswanathan Anand has requested for a special curtain to be placed separating the audience and the stage to avoid visual contact for his upcoming World Chess Championship match against Veselin Topalov in April.

Though this move looks simple and harmless, it has unveiled Team Anand’s cautious approach to the match in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Anand’s wife and manager Aruna Anand visited the venue earlier this week and inspected the arrangements to officially kick-start the preparations.

Basically in all World championship matches, the teams get to see the arrangements two to three times before the actual game. This was Team Anand’s first visit, though only the manager was present, but she must have got a clear idea of what was already in place and what improvements she expected from the hosts. “

In Bonn, we also had a chance to see the facilities. Before the last World Championship in 2008 the WCC contract covered all the details in how the event will be staged and the details that pertain to the stage, the logistics etc.

“So my visit was only to follow on that,” Aruna explained on Saturday.


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