New Delhi: The World Championship loss in Chennai had "knocked the stuffing out" of Viswanathan Anand but the five time winner today said that clinching the Candidates title has boosted his confidence and he would try to avenge his loss to Magnus Carlsen later this year. Three losses over 10 games without a win and the world Championship title was in tatters last November but Anand soon scripted a historic turnaround when he registered three victories in 14 games without a defeat en route to his Candidates victory to earn a rematch against Carlsen.
The 44 year old Indian said delay in addressing his errors cost him the World title and it was his decision to stay away from chess, which helped him to recover emotionally and bounce back with a bang. "I think many errors had cropped up in my approach to play chess. I was becoming reliant on computers and there were some mistakes coming up. So I decided that it was more important to recover emotionally, after all, a result like this knocks the stuffing out of you."
"May be my opponents (at Candidates) didn’t focus on me properly or probably I was playing more freely. I had one of my best results in Candidates and I’m playing the World Championship in November. "I got my confidence back and I am very optimistic now. I know even if I face the same mistakes, I will act now differently," added Anand, who held the World title from 2007 to 2013.