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Viswanathan Anand approaches Sochi battle royale with positive feelings

Challenger Viswanathan Anand takes on defending champion Magnus Carlsen in the 2014 World Chess Championship in Sochi, Russia.

As the reigning world champion, Norwegian directly qualified for the World Chess Championship, while the Indian emerged as his challenger after winning the Candidates Tournament.

Candidates Tournament 2014 comprised of eight players participating in a double round-robin format that took place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, from 13 March to 31 March 2014.

Since Anand lost last year’s world championship, he made it to the Candidates Tournament by virtue of finishing as a runner-up.

The eight players part of this tournament were vying for a place to compete against Carlsen in the World Chess Championship.

The Chennai-born chess Grandmaster lost to Carlsen last year after the Norwegian defeated Anand 6.5-3.5 by the end of Round 10 of the 12 scheduled games in Chennai.

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