The elegant sportsmanship of Peter Svidler

Peter Svidler was my favorite player in the 2014 FIDE Candidates and in most events that he participates in. His chess is inspiring, his personality is engaging and his attitude is something every chess player can learn from.

Wonkish Mentations

Image Pensive Svidler before a match.
Image courtesy: FIDE

Candidates Tournament 2014 ended last week in Khanty-Mansisysk, Russia. Beating all odds and to the surprise of everyone, Anand won the tournament with a point ahead of the second placed Sergey Kerjakin. Everyone was expecting either Aronian or Kramnik to win. Another surprise was to see Topalov at the bottom who had ELO rating better than except Carlsen, Aronian and Kramnik at the start of the tournament. Anyway, in the end it was a great comeback from Anand whom everyone considered past his prime, some including Carlsen even suggested retirement for him. Nobody but Anand is responsible for waning confidence in him in the Chess circuit and fans alike. Anand has slipped down in rankings and figured among the bottom at the major tournaments except World Championship. And all he did in the past few years was to prepare against a particular…

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