Fighting coronavirus is like playing against computer: Viswanathan Anand | Chess News

KOLKATA: For Viswanathan Anand, fighting the Covid-19 virus is like playing against a computer.
“There is no emotion in your opposition. It’s like when you take on a computer,” he said during a conversation with Grandmaster Surya Sekhar Ganguly.
“In an over-the-board game, you can feel your rival is under pressure when you play a good move, but that doesn’t happen while facing a computer. It just keeps playing it’s game,” he remarked.
“It’s same for Covid-19. Wearing the mask and avoiding contacts doesn’t necessarily mean you have gained an edge. The challenge remains the same and you can get infected on the sixth or seventh day, as the virus refuses to back away,” he laughed.
However, Anand feels the pandemic has thrown the doors open for experiments and chess can benefit from this situation. “We can be more flexible and have a hybrid arrangement where we can have rooms for both online and offline versions of the game,” the multiple world champion said during another webinar.
“There can be occasions when some rounds of a tournament are not being completed. Now, we can think about finishing them online,” he suggested.
The India No.1 feels the pandemic has visited us none too early. “See, chess was playable online for decades, but this situation has forced us to focus more on it. In a way I am happy that this pandemic did not come say 10 years ago. I feel now we are better prepared to play the game online with more gadgets and accessories,” he pointed out.

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