The career of chess players is getting shorter: Anand | Chess News

CHENNAI: Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand said on Monday that the career span of players has become shorter than before due to the high level of hard work resulting from intense competition.
He said the level of “physical tension” is much higher these days compared to the previous era and therefore players need to be physically fit.
“The physicality of your life comes into sport. The level of physical tension and the physical level are much higher now. So nowadays it’s physical fitness, physical fitness and physical fitness,” said Anand on “DRS With Ash”, a show from India. cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin on YouTube.

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“This hard work is very energy intensive and as a result, career spans are getting shorter. That is indisputable,” he added.
The 51-year-old chess maestro was referring to the hard work of (chess) players these days.
Asked about playing against younger generation players, Anand said he will try to bring unfamiliar situations to them using his vast experience.
“Young players, you could drop them in any situation and they would just calculate better. And how did those two strategies collide? Computers changed that, because it shortened the time, you have to have experience,” he said.
Anand said the legendary Bobby Fischer was one of the reasons many started looking to chess as a career.
“In the 1970s and 80s, probably like many sports, chess was just starting to become a career. The main reason was Bobby Fischer.
“It was already a career for people in the Soviet Union or in the Eastern bloc, but this concept did not exist anywhere else. But after Fischer, these doors began to open for everyone”, Anand said.
“That’s why even today you will see many alumni being very grateful to Fischer because they say ‘Thanks to Fischer we are here today’.”
Anand recalled that in 1970s and 80s India, chess was not a career option.
“You could join a PSU and maybe find a niche or a public sector bank so you can get support for that. You have a stable job and you can play chess. But that was pretty limited and the second thing is, of course, computerization, telecommunications, all that has changed chess as well.”
When asked if chess players are super smart, Anand replied, “Chess players are pretty smart. they do it very well.”
He also said that playing chess helps a person in other ways like improving memory and concentration.
The Chennai-based chess ace renowned for his fast style of play said he was the best fast player in the world until he was around 40 years old before the new generation took over.
“I’m sure there’s a generation in cricket that still looks down on a day and says it’s not the real thing. Likewise, there’s a generation now (in chess) that just doesn’t understand , even if there was once a question .
“So the next generation is quite difficult to compete with. I had one or two glorious moments like the World Rapid Championship in 2017 which I won. When I won, nobody could expect it. and most importantly, I didn’t. I don’t expect it,” he signed.

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