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Anand seeks one more shot at Kasparov

December 19, 2007 10:55 IST

World champion Viswanathan Anand wants Garry Kasparov to come back from retirement so that he can play one more game against the Russian Super Grand Master.

"I've not played Kasparov for a long time. I want to play him one more time. If he changes his mind and comes back from retirement, I will be happy," Anand told newspersons in Kolkata.

Anand said he is now focusing on doing well in the Corus Chess championship at Wijk Aan Zee in Netherlands from January 11-27, a tournament he has won a record five times.

On his motivation to stay in the game after having conquered all frontiers in chess, Anand said, "I want to become the world champion again."

The two-time world champion had won his first at Tehran in 2000 and the second at Mexico City in September this year.

Anand said he would continue with the game as long as he enjoys it.

"When I play top rated meets, I don't feel that much pressure. It's basically fun and as long as it is this way, I will continue," he said on Tuesday night.

India has a good talent pool in chess with the crop of young GMs like P Harikrishna, Sandipan Chanda and Surya Sekhar Ganguly doing well, he said.

Anand expressed satisfaction with the resolution of conflict between the All India Chess Federation and the Chess Players Association of India. "There are no problems between the players and the present set of officials now."

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