Ganguly silent about getting “dropped” - The New Indian Express

Ganguly silent about getting “dropped”

Published: 09th November 2013 02:42 AM

Last Updated: 09th November 2013 05:39 AM

That Viswanathan Anand revealed the names of his seconds for the World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen is not a surprise. That is a practice which was followed in his last three summit clashes where his opponents too had disclosed the names of their seconds. If there was a surprise in the five-time world champion's announcement, it was the names missing. Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Peter Heine Nielsen and Rustam Kasimdzhanov were all part of Anand's victorious campaigns against Vladimir Kramnik (2008), Veselin Topalov (2010) and Boris Gelfand (2012). For some undisclosed reason, they are not part of the team this year.


Contacted by TNIE on Friday, Ganguly refused to comment on why he thinks he has been left out. “I was with Anand in Bad Soden (near Frankfurt) during his training for the match against Carlsen. I took part in everything that went on there. But I won't be physically in Chennai for the match. I can't say anything beyond this,” said Ganguly.


While Ganguly was part of Anand's training programme, Nielsen and Kasimdzhanov didn't feature in his plans at all. People close to the Anand camp felt he has been very careful in picking his men this time, but it doesn't mean there are not others helping him. In the matches against Gelfand, Kramnik and Topalov, there were players working with him whose names have not been disclosed even today.


That way, it's possible that Ganguly is still part of Anand's think tank, although he is not commenting on it. “All that I can say is, I was with Anand for the entire duration of his training in Bad Soden (where Anand has an apartment). That is where we had prepared for the last three World Championship matches,” said Ganguly, who holds the record of winning the national championship six times in a row.

Asked to comment on the match, Ganguly said: “Any kind of statistics or analysis will not have any bearing on the outcome. Both are legendary players and the result will depend on how they have prepared and how they play on the given days. The player in best shape will win. You can say Anand is a better match player and Carlsen has won more tournaments, Anand is experienced and Carlsen is young – these are endless debates and I don't see any point in them. To me, their chances are 50-50.”

Ganguly refused to read too much into the fact that Carlsen has got the better of Anand in their recent meetings. “There is no doubt about Carlsen's credentials, he is one of the greats. And so is Anand. It's a clash of titans and to borrow a phrase from Anand, the players are starting at 0-0. Previous meetings have nothing to do with this game,” signed off Ganguly.

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