OVERRIDING, aggressive, tactical approach and an attacking prowess are characteristics that sum up Elastridah Yombwe, one of the emerging female chess players in the heart of the Copperbelt Province, Ndola.
Elastridah has taken the Copperbelt province by storm, standing out from the rest and shining brighter than her opponents each time she casts her eyes on the chess board.
At first glance, one would not believe the extent of talent and the self belief that lie in the diminutive and modest Elastridah as well as the potential she has to ascend to greater heights and bring out the best in the sport.
The first time I saw Elastridah in action at a district tournament in Ndola last year, I was speechless after seeing how she tormented all those who challenged her during that feat, and I knew perfectly well just right there that the Ndeke Township resident was destined for better things in her chess career.
Elastridah is only 16 years old and as I draw your attention to her chess journey in this edition of the SPECTRUM, it is important to underscore that Zambia harbours immense talent in female chess players and other sports disciplines in general, a reality we cannot run away from.
All we need as a country is to identify this talent, nurture it and exposed it to the whole world; with this in mind, Zambia will undoubtedly excel and win big someday.
Chess is predominantly a male-centered sport in Zambia, but against all odds in the modern landscape, Zambia has become a big player, producing stars in the likes of Women Candidate Master (WCM) Epah Tembo and FIDE Master (FM) Lorita Mwango to whom Elastridah looks up as she places herself in a strong position for future prospects.
Following in the footsteps of such exceptional and evergreen female chess players who strive to lift Zambia's name higher in the face of the world, anyone aspiring to be a top female chess player would never ever go wrong.
Within short period of time that Elastridah has been engrossed in the world of chess, she has become a fan favorite, showing great enthusiasm to play the moves that she thinks will be the most difficult for her opponent's style of play.
Her points of strength during games lie in having a strong opening, defending the pieces, knowing the opponent's weakness and a killer instinct in attack.
Elastridah, the last child in the family of 10, was born in the mining town of Chingola on August 4 1997.
Her immediate elder brother Evans was the only chess player in the family then. Elastridah's interest in chess was aroused by Solomon Kalandanya, a player who used to live in her neighborhood and from then on, she has always dreamt of becoming a world class player.
Arising from that experience, it did not take long before she started playing consistently for fun during her prime days at Smiles primary school in Ndola.
From there she gathered sufficient confidence and solid ground to carry on her shoulders the pressures and higher expectations of any player eyeing glory.
Elastridah's involvement in competitive play waited until she was in her 10th grade of secondary school at Caritas High School in Ndola in 2012.
She set her priority right and joined the school team where she became a shining star by making an immediate impact in what was a big year of her chess career as a starter.
Elastridah showed the spirit of a champion by ravaging her opponents to win the first prize during the Ndola inter-schools tournament held at Tug-Argan High School later that same year in her debut competition.
Little did people realise that her debut victory was a strong statement of the birth of a champion who would later dominate the junior categories in the province.
Buoyed by that victory, Elastridah was slowly getting in the driving seat and when she participated in the Copperbelt inter-districts tournament where she represented Ndola district, again, she won the tournament.
Her resolve to win grew from strength to strength, earning her selection in the Copperbelt team that competed in the 2012 inter-provincial competition where her dominance could not be contained by anyone. She sailed through to winning a gold medal for the Copperbelt province, it was her first medal as a 14 year old.
Prevailing over three tournaments in a single year was a milestone achievement for a player of her age, especially that she was making her first appearance in competitive games. It was a clear indication of how hard work pays off to disciplined and committed sports personalities.
Elastridah was slowly winning the hearts of many fans not only in Ndola where she resides but the whole Copperbelt at large.
Her rise to stardom in 2012 and outstanding performance did not pass like water under the bridge but came with a reward, a reward she will live to remember for the rest of her life.
Education is a key to success, and as a way of appreciating her efforts in chess, Caritas school management awarded Elastridah a full school sponsorship, catering the provision of fees, uniforms and other school materials for a period of two years, coming to an end when she completes school this year.
The gesture by the school has motivated her to go all out and conquer.
Last year was identical to 2012 and she ran rampage as she participated in the under-17 category, claiming the inter-school championship held at Chifubu secondary school before winning the inter-districts competition staged in Luanshya.
Even though she slipped into fourth position during the 2013 inter-provincial championship held at Levy Mwanawasa, she still remained an inspiration to most female aspiring chess players on the Copperbelt.
Elastridah currently plays under the auspices of Ndola A Chess Club drilled by the evergreen chess veteran and administrator Chanda Nsakanya.
Nsakanya believes Elastridah can reach the standard of play like that of Tembo and Mwango within 2 years saying, "She is young and a very talented chess player. All she lacks is tournament experience and exposure at the highest level and we have targeted that for the first half of 2014 before she concentrates fully on her studies."
Elastridah is in her final year and will be sitting for her secondary school leaving examinations later this year. Asked on how she strikes a balance between school and chess, she says, "When it's time for school, I don't let chess come in my way and when it's time for chess, it is chess. My performance in school is not affected in any way and I have managed to perform well even when I am committing to chess, if anything, the sport helps my thinking capability which is essential in school."
Once she completes school, her dream is to pursue a career in banking as well as compete at the highest level in chess.
The teenage player is full of praise for her mother Monica Nzambi, coach Nsakanya and school authorities at Caritas for their role in shaping her up to what she is today and playing a part in her successes.
"I would like thank most sincerely management at my school, my mother and Mr Nsakanya for the support they have continued to render in my quest for success. Without them, I would not be where I am today. I will remain indebted to them," she said.
As Elastridah craves for more success, her target is to become an established player on the continent and break the barriers and become one of the strongest female chess players around the globe like world's strongest female chess player Judit Polgar of Hungary.
Elastridah's story is just a fraction of many young sports personalities dotted across the country who are doing exceptionally well in various sports disciplines and yet their progress is impeded by financial constraints.
If the corporate world, schools and members of the community join hands in supporting these talented youths achieve their sporting dreams, Zambia will reap medals.
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CHESS is a sport that involves a lot of thinking.
Unlike any other sport that needs more of physical concentration, chess is a mind game that requires thinking resulting into mental fatigue as the mind races with thoughts.
Amon Simutowe, Zambia’s export to the United States of America (USA) put the country on the world map after earning a Grand Master title.
There are four Grand Masters in Africa.
Daniel Jere, the Chumfwa brothers Stanley and Kelvin have International Masters titles.
Ten-year-old Hampus Sorensen is on a mission to conquer in chess.
At such a tender age, Hampus is already a chess whiz kid having won several titles and has represented the country at various international championships.
Despite bearing a Swedish nationality, Hampus has been registered to play for Zambia as is a Zambian resident along with other family members.
Born on October 30, 2003 from Peter and Veronica Sorensen, Hampus is a twin brother of Alva. The fraternal twins are the only children in the family.
His twin sister is also a chess whiz kid although she combines it with swimming.
Hampus is in grade four at the American International School of Lusaka (AISL).
“Well, I want to be a professional chess player when I finish school. If I change my mind along the way I want to become a cook (chef),” Hampus says.
His mother Veronica is a diplomat.
Hampus started playing chess as his extra curriculum activity when he was five years.
He started competing in 2011 when he took part in the Africa Youth Championship which Zambia hosted where more than 100 participants took part.
The tournament was held at Baobab College in Lusaka.
Although he did not win anything, Hampus performed well for a starter.
“It was a big tournament for a start but he still managed to do well,” Hampus’ father, Peter, said.
After competing in the Africa Youth championships, Sorensen garnered the strength to get in to competition full throttle.
With the help of Stanley Ngulube as his coach then, Hampus sharpened his skills.
International Master (IM) Daniel Jere took up the coaching responsibility and has been his tutor for the past one-and-half years.
“They get along pretty well and he has helped him grow in the game,” Peter says.
With such passion and enthusiasm, it is not surprising that Hampus is a Swedish national champion. He took part in the Sweden national championship in July and won the title.
In October this year, Hampus represented Zambia at an international tournament in South Africa. He came out number seven in his age group out of 16 participants and was voted the best non-South African player.
In November last year, Hampus won the Airtel/Pepsi Championship under-10 category that had 170 participants.
He is currently in Dubai representing Zambia at the World Youth Championship with Jonathan Thomas.
Zambia only managed to send two participants for the tournament that has attracted over 1,000 participants.
Hampus’ father thinks it will be unfair to expect too much from the young boy.
“He enjoys the game and finds it interesting to play. I think it is not a proper thing for a 10-year-old to feel that kind of pressure. We will let him play and enjoy his game. If he can be among the 100 best players, it will be great,” Sorensen says.
Hampus is enthusiastic of being among the best players and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Simutowe.
Despite not setting any goals, Sorensen believes his son has what it takes to make it big in chess. “He beats me all the time. I stand no chance against him and I am happy that he plays chess. Chess helps kids academically and I hope that many kids can start playing chess,” he says. As it is known to be a great test of intelligence, chess is also a great test of concentration. Meditation and concentration can be more important in board games.
For Hampus, it is a game he passionately enjoys.
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THREE Zambian players are in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where they are expected to take part in the World Youth Championships that gets underway today in Dubai.
The three players that left aboard an Emirates Airline plane on Monday night include the two Sorensen fraternal twins, Hampus and Alva as well as exciting Jonathan Thomas.
Thomas will compete in the Boys Under-14 category with Hampus taking part in the Under-10 Open while his twin sister, Alva, will compete in the Girls Under-10 category.
The three player’s departure comes as a big relief to both the Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) and their families after Thomas was hit by a visa hitch for the UAE.
The World Youth Chess Championships will be an 11-round championship that will end on Sunday, December 29 with the tournament having breaks in form of a Blitz tournament day, a cultural celebration day and a free day between the eighth and ninth rounds.
Thomas has seen international exposure as he participated in the South Africa Junior Open tournament early this year where he finished third and has been a dominant force at junior chess level in the country.
His biggest competition has been Hampus though he has usually come out on top and their trip to Dubai represents another way to showcase their skills and potential.
For Alva, it has been plain sailing as she made headlines last week, after making the last stage of qualifiers for the senior national team despite her tender age of just 10 during trials held at the Olympics Youth Development Centre.
In a national tournament at which the CFZ was looking for just five players, Alva made the cut by finishing fifth and would not have to compete for five places in the national team with five already established players like Epah Tembo and Lorita Mwango.
On December the 17th 2013 an absentee vote of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation on the nomination to the post of FIDE President took place.
By a majority vote it was decided to support the candidacy of the incumbent FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
THE Zambia Weightlifting Federation (ZWF) and Cycling Association of Zambia (CAZ) are on the verge of being banned from all sporting activities after failing to beat the Sports Council of Zambia (SCZ) deadline to pay up their dues.
But the Zambia Amateur Boxing Federation (ZABF) survived the SCZ’s wrath as they managed to pay their affiliation fees, beating the December 15 deadline.
ZWF general secretary, Dominic Mutale said in an interview yesterday that the federation could not manage to pay their annual subscription fees because they had no financial capacity to do so.
Mutale said ZWF was barely surviving and was being run from the pockets of the officials and pleaded for leniency from the SCZ to enable the federation continue operating despite their failure to pay the affiliations.
The ZWF official could, however, not disclose how much the organisation owed SCZ but said their annual affiliation fee was K1, 000.
CAZ president, Peter Chintu also said his association could not beat the deadline set by SCZ and now wanted a meeting with the national sports authority to help resolve the problem.
Chintu, however, said CAZ had raised about K2, 600 from the K7, 500 the association owed SCZ in unpaid arrears.
He said the association now wanted to meet SCZ and hope the national motherbody would allow CAZ to be paying the remainder of the amount in instalments.
Chintu, who took the CAZ mantle in July last year, said it was also the organisation’s prayer that SCZ could waive the debt his executive inherited from the previous committee.
CAZ is supposed to pay K2, 500 annually in affiliation fees to SCZ.
But ZABF adhered to the SCZ ultimatum by paying the K5, 000 it owed the national sports governing body for 2013 including K4, 500 for last year.
ZABF treasurer, Joe Siame Jnr said the federation had cleared its dues with SCZ and would now just need to pay a K500 balance for last year.
Siame said to ensure that ZABF paid its financial obligations to SCZ and world governing body, AIBA on time, there was need for its affiliates to also clear their affiliations fees before March 31 of each year.
He urged all affiliate associations and clubs to pay up the 2014 affiliation fees on time to enable ZABF also meet its obligations.
Efforts to contact ZSBA officials yesterday failed.
SCZ vice-chairperson, Emmanuel Katebe promised to issue a statement this week on whether the four affiliate sports associations had owned up as directed.
SCZ had given ZWF, CAZ, ZABF and Zambia Softball and Baseball Association (ZSBA) up to December 15 to clear their annual subscription fees or risk being disaffiliated.
When giving an ultimatum to the four organisations, Katebe said while SCZ wanted to embrace all its affiliates, there were rules and regulations which the member associations needed to adhere to like paying annual affiliation fees.
Meanwhile, JOSAB Changa, the losing presidential candidate in last weekend’s National Olympics Committee (NOC) polls, has petitioned Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili to quash the election results which he claimed were marred by electoral irregularities.
Among the allegations Changa has highlighted in his 10-point petition to the minister are that the ballot boxes were possibly stashed with pre-marked ballot papers and that transparency was lacking in the polls.
In a petition which also has the backing of two other losing candidates, Matilda Mwaba and Shapa Wakung’uma, Changa stated that he was among other things denied a chance to ‘sell’ his vision to the candidates.
“We were not allowed to check if the ballot boxes were empty or not. They could have had some papers inside but that was not shown to us. Also after voting, the boxes were emptied on a table that had other papers and that is suspicious.
“We were also not told how many ballot papers were printed. And NOC staff that handled the ballot papers were seen getting papers from beneath the table. It’s on these matters that we ask the minister to annul the results and call for a re-vote in Lusaka,” he said.
Changa lost the polls to incumbent Miriam Moyo for the position of president while Wakung’uma lost the position of general secretary to office holder, Hazel Kennedy with Mwaba beaten by Boniface Kambikambi for the treasurer post.
He alleged that there were a lot of irregularities some of them made him even wonder why there was an Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) official in Alistair Kaleji.
Changa said that NOC staff should also not have been allowed anywhere near the voting venue as some of them were interested parties and confessed that after the elections.
“I have got witnesses who can testify to these issues raised. Some affiliates had NOC paying for their affiliation fees. We were also not allowed to challenge the voting results,” he said.
He also complained about the role played by presiding officer Bessy Belemu, the director of sport, saying she did avail the candidates chance to sell their manifestos before the elections.
TWO of the country's top chess players failed to make the national team following their unimpressive run during the Individual Chess tournament in Mansa (April 2013).
Both Master Stanley Chumfwa and Fide Master Nase Lungu failed to retain their positions when they finished ninth and seventh position respectively in the individual chess tournament sponsored by Henry Court Yard proprietor Dr. Chitalu Chilufya now honourable MP of Mansa and deputy minister of health. They were replaced by IM Chitumbo Mwali and FM Douglas Munenga while Gillan Bwalya, Daniel Jere and Andrew Kayonde retained their positions in the national team after finishing first, second and fourth in the Individual Chess Championship.
In the women category, Yvonne Palatema was a new addition to the national team with Constance Mbatha, Women Chess Masters (WCM) Epah Tembo and Lorita Mwango and Lindah Hamonga all retaining their positions.
The National chess trials phase two is meant to select the top five players from a possible 55 players from 11 Zones. The following are the fifty five players:
1. Chumfwa Kelvin
2. Katowa Kennedy
3. Chumfwa Stanley
4. FM Phiri Richmond
5. Kela Siame
6. Simuludu Judah
7. Daka Justine
8. Katebe Linus
9. Mwenya Oscar
10. Zulu Thomas
11. Jilowa Tito
12. Mulenga Prince
13. Nsakanya Chanda
14. Chabala Efford
15. Mayimbo Clement
16. Ng’onga Bornface
17. Kondwelani Gondwe
18. Nyirenda Alick
19. Mulenga Zondy
20. Lwenyeka Brian
21. Dimba Samuel
22. Mukupa Taimon
23. Hamoonga David
24. Chishala Lemmy
25. Mwape William
26. Nase Lungu
27. Muyenga Bright
28. Mubita Mwagelwa
29. Mululu Arnold
30. Tilimboyi Marshall
31. Nyimbili Terence Katongo
32. Mukelebai Nawa
33. Likando Namakau
34. Simulesi Saviour
35. Lungu Sachalwata
36. Kabwe Timothy
37. Chibwata Paul
38. Lungu Nathan
39. Chola Midosatos
40. Mulenga Titus
41. Ntengenibwino Stephen
42. Mwale Douglas
43. Mulauzi Joshua
44. Dimba James
45. Kaonga Allan
THE Lusaka Province Chess Association league came to an end on Monday, with Nkwazi becoming the first team to finish the with a 100 per cent win record.
The Zambia Police-sponsored chess club boasting players like International Master Gillian Bwalya and Candidate Master Kelvin Chumfwa finished the league winning all their 18 games and accumulating a total of 54 points.
In second position was defending league champions Red Arrows chess club, who finished with 40 points after 18 round games.
Micronics and NAPSA chess clubs were joint third position with 36 points each but the latter had a weak tie break. Indo Zambia Bank Chess club were 5th with 28 points.
The 2013 chess league games were played over a period of nine months from March to November.
All the league games are played every Sunday at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC).
Ten teams are participating in the LPCA, namely Red Arrows, NAPSA, Nkwazi, AJAX, UNZA, ZINC, Green Eagles, Micronics, Little Legends and INDO Zambia Bank Chess Clubs.
And Nkwazi Club chairman Maybin Chinama urged the Zambia Police command to continue sponsoring his team.
He said the players were looking forward to defending their championship and a challenging season.
And LPCA chairman Bwalya Chileya said the 2013 league season was very competitive and thanked new teams that joined the league.
"I would like to thank the new teams such as Nkwazi, ZINC and INDO Zambia for bringing stiff competition in the league. We had a successful season, with nine monthly chess tournaments. As LPCA, we are pleased to see the number of female participants in chess events increase in both the league and tournaments," said Chileya.
By Oliver Chisenga - Wed 27 Nov. 2013
2013 World Team Chess Championship has started today in a very combative mood, perhaps the stormy weather in Antalya inspired players to fight at any cost, who knows? In any case, fortunately for chess fans, the opening round was rich in chess content and almost all the games were very instructive and exciting.
The most important pairing of the round was obviously the epic Russia-Armenia battle. The main favourites of the tournament fought until the bitter end. Perhaps the most expected game of the tournament, Kramnik-Aronian, saw a very sharp struggle in a Botvinnik Slav. The exchange sacrifice of Kramnik resulted in an queen+bishop vs. queen+rook ending, where Kramnik had two pawns for the exchange. The position was in dynamic equilibrium and although Kramnik tried a bit to play for a win, Aronian never let him get anything and finally the ex-champion decided to repeat the moves. On the second board Movsesian achieved a nice advantage and wanted to torture Karjakin which didn't materialize in the end as Karjakin managed to exchange pieces to relieve the pressure and saved the game. Also on the fourth board Armenia seemed to have the advantage but when Sargissian missed the double attack 39...Qa7 he had to concede the draw to his resourceful opponent Nepomniatchi. The last game was Grischuk-Akopian in which Russians hoped that Akopian would falter under the pressure of Grischuk in a rook endgame up a pawn but their hopes haven't got realized and the experienced grandmaster Vladimir Akopian saved the game and the match for Armenia: 2-2!
Another heavyweight battle was between Ukraine and USA. Perhaps under the influence of recent Anand-Carlsen match Nakamura wanted to employ the impenetrable Berlin Wall but Chucky preferred not to bother dealing with it and chose instead the old Two Knights System. As he didn't manage to create something out of this well studied line however the game ended in a draw. Moiseenko-Onischuk was also a quiet affair in which neither side could imbalance the game. On the remaining two boards Akobian couldn't convert his nice positional edge into a full point due to the dynamic defense of Kryvorouchko and thus when Korobov punished Kamsky's over-optimistic pawn sacrifice in a long endgame it was time to cheer for Ukrainians. USA will for sure try to make a comeback in the race for the world team champion title.
Actually the first match to finish in the first round was Netherlands-China. On first board after a Caro-Kann opening Anish Giri decided to force a repetition in a balanced position pretty quickly whereas second and fourth boards saw two longer draws in which Dutch players showed strong and solid play, giving their Chinese opponents no chance to take advantage of white pieces. The only decisive result of the match came from the Tiviakov-Bu Xiangzhi game. Bu had obviously prepared thoroughly for Tiviakov's pet line Alapin Sicilian and even being perhaps the most formidable expert of the variation Tiviakov couldn't achieve any advantage with white. To make things worse for Netherlands he soon lost control of position under time pressure and collapsed giving China the chance to score an important match victory.
One of the most exciting games of the round was played on the fourth board of Germany-Egypt match between Bassem Amin and David Baramidze. Feeling perhaps the need to win as the leading player of Egypt, Amin didn't allow a threefold repetition and instead moved his king to h4 in a complicated middlegame with queens on the board! It was a very risky decision which was at the end efficiently punished by Baramidze. What was perhaps unfortunate for the representative of Africa was the fact that although in the first three boards they were definitely the underdogs they managed to held their ground and their cause of defeat came from the most unexpected board. But such is chess!
Finally in the first round the hosts had a tough challenge against the Azerbaijani team but they were obviously hoping to get a good start to the championship. The positions of Turkish players were looking mostly fine at one point however Azeris didn't give them a chance to score a win in the end and the defeat of Yilmaz at the hands of Nidjat Mamedov meant a disappointing loss for the Turkish team. Let's see if the host country will be able to make use of their home advantage in the coming matches.
The second round will be played tomorrow again at 3 pm local time, featuring this time a classic match: USA-Russia! Also don't forget to follow the live commentary by GM Oleksienko and IM Arduman.
Magnus Carlsen ended Viswanathan Anand‘s reign as World Chess Champion after beating the Indian 6.5-3.5 — not conceding a single game in the process. As Chennai saw their favourite son lose his battle, not many can deny the genius of Carlsen deserved the title. And the Norwegian is already thinking about his challengers — in which, surprisingly, he doesn’t count Anand.
He was quoted in a livemint report as saying: “First of all, he’ll have to figure out if he wants to play in the candidates’ tournament. His results lately have not been too good. He’ll need some time to readjust. If he is able to play at his highest level, I think he can come back, but right now I don’t think he is the favourite to become the challenger.” Magnus Carlsen has modelled before but has no plans for Hollywood.
Carlsen was usually very closed and sounded bored at most post-match press conferences, but was at his best when a few journalists questioned him after he was officially crowned as the world chess champion: “I’ve learnt from Anand but I think I showed him in a way that although he has taught me many things in the past, now it’s probably my turn to teach him.” He also refused to name his seconds: “I am already thinking about defending the title and that is the reason why I don’t want to talk about my seconds too much, because they would be part of my team going forward.” While Carlsen’s playing style has generated a lot of discussion, it’s his off-the-board life that has captured the imagination of chess fans across the globe.
“I didn’t do much, we had a gathering with my team and sponsors, it was very nice,” Carlsen told NDTV in an interview. It’s well documented that Carlsen and Anand are good friends — the two also agreed to sharing the rest area during games — with the Indian Grandmaster calling him ‘Maggie’ at a particular dinner in 2007. Carlsen had apparently replied, “He is the world champion. He can call me what he wants.”
Carlsen may have counted Anand out as one of his challengers, but he did say that he hoped to see the Indian back in the Candidates: “Anand is a legend of the game. By playing him so many times over the years and by training with him on several occasions, I have gained a lot of knowledge on how high his standards are. I hope he still has the interest and passion to make a comeback,” he said in the interview.
Carlsen also said that he loved spicy Indian food on a trip which made him feel very much at home. The 22-year-old has already modelled for fashion house G-Star Raw, but for those eager to see him on the big screen it’s not happening soon. When asked whether he had Hollywood plans, Magnus responded with a trademark ‘No.’
Chennai: Time might be running out and the throne slipping away but defending champion Viswanathan Anand made it clear that he will come back harder in the next game after drawing the eighth tie of the World Chess Championship rather easily, here on Tuesday.
"Of course the match situation explains itself and I guess it`s my job to liven things up but I guess I will try in the next game," Anand said in the post game conference.
Anand gave nothing away to Carlsen who played white and was expected to push harder with his two points lead. When asked if the choice of King pawn opening by Carlsen was a surprise Anand said no.
"In general in a match you should not be surprised, but I had not prioritized `e4`," the defending champion said. Elaborating on the game, Anand said it was "generally a fairly solid system for white" but not entirely without chances if black played inaccurately.
"The only may be interesting moment was if I go Qg5, h4 is strong but after just Qd8 we liquidate to a drawn ending," he said.
When asked if he could have tried anyways, Anand said he had to be ready for all situations. "Obviously I had to be ready for any scenario that turned up but after d4 and c3 this is what I could do." Anand said he was not sure about a Sicilian defense, considered a combative opening.
"I didn`t know what really his intentions were, and even the Sicilian even if you want to play dry systems, they are available."
Anand said he was happy with his opening preparation.
"I am quite happy with my opening preparation, get kind of a bonus evening before the rest day and so I will try and prepare something for the next one."
Carlsen said he did not mind the result.
"I didn`t particularly mind the draw as was evident from my play, I was just hoping to set up one or two traps. I guess when you play matches its really different, there is still way to go but for now I am fine," he said.
The Norwegian was asked if he had an idol.
"I didn`t have any particular idol in chess when I was young. As a young player I was also trying to play attacking chess. Sacrificing material all the time, bit different from my deeds today. I have been playing at top level for seven years. I have had some time to adjust to situation and develop my play accordingly," he said.
The game was played at a frenzied pace by Carlsen using an average of about 30 seconds for the first 20 moves.
"With the line I chose there was not too much to think about the moves, pretty much suggest themselves. It`s basically more or less all been played before. I wasn`t in any mood to think either so that influenced my decision," Carlsen said.
The ninth game will now be played today after a day`s rest.