Viswanathan Anand takes on Wesley So in Tata Steel Chess India

new delhi, Nov 8: Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand will begin his campaign against Filipino-American Wesley So in the star-studded Tata Steel Chess India 2018 beginning on Friday.
The 48-year-old Indian chess wizard last played in the country at his hometown in 2013 when he lost the World Championship title to Magnus Carlsen of Norway.
Anand termed it an emotional moment returning to Kolkata where he lost his final GM norm by a whisker in 1986.
“It’s a very nice feeling to be back in Kolkata. I’ve got a lot of memories here. I’m really excited,” Anand, who last played here at the 3rd Goodricke Open in 1992, said on the sidelines of the draw ceremony.
The top board will see India number two and former world junior champion Pentala Harikrishna against local challenger Surya Sekhar Ganguly.
A former second of Anand during three World Championship matches, Ganguly is looking forward to face Anand for the first time in his life.
“I remember making the demo board during Anand’s match here in 1992. It’s strange but for the first time I’ll take him on a real board. I’m absolutely honoured,” an excited Ganguly said. Anand started 2018 on a rousing note, winning the Tal Memorial Rapid title in Moscow.
However, he has been off colour in his last three rapid events in Leuven, Paris and St Louis. Having won the most number of rapid titles among current players, the Indian will be a strong challenger. (Agencies)