Chess: Anand to lead Rest of the World

Anand to lead Rest of the World

Rediff, India
June 9 2004

India’s Viswanathan Anand, the current World number 2, will lead the
Rest of the World team against Armenia in a chess match, being held
to mark the 75th birth anniversary of late Armenian world champion
Tigran Petrosian.

The match, starting in Moscow on Thursday, will be a six-player team
tournament where each player faces all the members of the opposing

The World team is expected to include Michael Adams, Peter Svidler,
Loek Van Wely, Etienne Bacrot and Paco Vallejo.

A couple of years ago, Anand led the World team to victory over the
strong Russia in an epic match in Moscow.

The Armenian team includes World No. 1 Garry Kasparov and will have
members who are either Armenian or have an Armenian connection. The
three Armenians in the six-member team are

Vladimir Akopian, Smbat Lputian and Rafael Vaganian while others
are Kasparov (whose mother is Armenian), Hungarian Peter Leko (whose
wife is Armenian) and Israeli Boris Gelfand, who was the most famous
pupil of Tigran Petrosian and learnt the game from the master between

“It is a very interesting event. I enjoyed the match between Russia
and Rest of the World, and I hope this will be a similar pleasant
experience,” said Anand, who has already arrived in Moscow, in
a statement.

“Playing In Moscow is always a treat. I remember playing in the Kremlin
in 2001 against Tkachiev and the crowd start clapping when I played
Qb3. To be recognized in the Russian heartland for your chess is a
matter of pride.”