Chennai: “It feels good,“ said Magnus Carlsen, the new world chess champion when asked about how he felt a day after winning his first world title. The 23-year-old Norwegian superstar looked fresh and bright in his white full-sleeves shirt and black trousers on Saturday. Changing to bowling shoes in the second floor of Ramee Mall, which is attached to Hyatt Regency, the venue of the world championship, Carlsen sported a big smile, and even acknowledged the congratulations offered by onlookers.
But then, his security Bjorn Gunnar Nesse and his chef Magnus Forssell made sure that the world no. 1 was not disturbed.
“We want him to enjoy his free day. He wants to relax today after a hectic tournament,“ said Nesse.
While Team Carlsen stayed put at Hyatt, most of the members in Team Anand including Anand and his wife Aruna quietly left the venue on Saturday except for Anand's logistics manager Eric van Reem and close friend Hans-Walter Schmitt.
According to Eric, According to Er Anand and hi wife Aruna left fo their residence i Chennai after team breakfast “GMs K. Sasikira a n d Sandipan Chanda, the two the two Indian seconds of Anand, also left soon. GMs Peter Leko (Hungary) and Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland) will leave by Saturday night,“ he added. Leko told Deccan Chronicle that it was due to professional commitment that he couldn't stay longer in Chennai. “I stay longer in am playing in the world m i n d games that starts starts o n December 12 in China. So I need to get ready for it now,“ Leko added.
Meanwhile, Carlsen's manager Espen Agdestein is already thinking about his ward's next world champi onship. In a conversation in the lobby, a Fide official told Agdestein that the newly crowned cham pion needs to play the next world championship in November 2014.
“The challenger for 2014 match will emerge from the Candidates tourna ment in March. From then on, we have decided to conduct the world champi onship once every two years,“ the offiial told Agdestein, cial told Agdestein, who was under the impression that the next match would be held only in 2015. Anand will take time to decide on his participation in the Candidates.