Chess: Anand to captain Rest team

Anand to captain Rest team

Indian Express, India
June 10 2004


NEW DELHI, JUNE 9: India’s Viswanathan Anand, the current world number
2, will lead the Rest of the World team against Armenia in a Chess
Championship being held to mark the 75th birth anniversary of the
late Armenian world champion Tigran Petrosian.

The match, starting in Moscow tomorrow, will be a six-player team
tournament where each player faces all the members of the opposing
team, according to information received here today.

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 a win over Russia in an epic match
in Moscow.

The Armenian team includes world number 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 Petrosian
and learnt the game from the master between 1980-83.