Viswanathan Anand needs a strategist feels Susan Polgar
Chennai: Four-time women's World chess champion Susan Polgar of Hungary feels that India's Viswanathan Anand can perhaps add another strategist rather than making wholesome changes to his A-team - his seconds - for his World Chess Championship match against defending champion Magnus Carlsen later this year.
Viswanathan Anand and (inset) Susan Polgar
Susan, also a winner of five Chess Olympiads, told IANS in an email interview that Anand need not change his entire team of seconds, who help champion players to prepare for the World title, who had worked with him when he lost the World championship last year against Carlsen.
"He had a good team. Maybe just a few small changes, or perhaps adding another strategist," Polgar told IANS.
Anand's team during last year's failed title defence were his compatriots Sandipan Chanda, K Sasikiran, Hungarian Grandmaster Peter Leko and Poland's Radoslaw Wojtaszek.
Susan, the eldest of the famed Polgar sisters, said good seconds can make a big difference as they help in opening preparation and also provide mental support.
"Good seconds can make a big difference since the players have little time to do all the analyses and preparation on their own," Polgar said.
According to her, trust, compatibility and expertise are the factors taken into consideration by a champion while choosing his team of seconds.
"You have to have 100 per cent confidence in your seconds and trust their analysis and advice. Various seconds are chosen due to specific skills," she added.
It will be Viswanathan Anand's call whether to change his A-team or his team of seconds for his World Chess Championship match against holder Magnus Carlsen later this year, said Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna. "Changing his team of seconds will be entirely Anand's decision. During last year's title match if his team of seconds had delivered what he had wanted, then there might not have been be any reason for him (Anand) to change," Harikrishna, ranked 25th in the world, told IANS.