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Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - SPORT -

Call­ing it a 50-50 is prob­a­bly wrong. Carlsen is still the fa­vorite, but my in­tu­ition sug­gests this time the out­come will be de­cided in the last game. I was Anand’s sec­ond in 2013 and can tell you it wasn’t that easy for Carlsen, too. The fi­nal score sug­gests an easy ride, but if Anand didn’t lose an equal po­si­tion in the fifth game, it could still go ei­ther way...

PETER LEKO, for­mer World Cham­pi­onship chal­lenger 6-6 and Anand will win in the tiebreak. But Carlsen is stronger at the mo­ment.

VASS­ILY IVANCHUK, for­mer

world No 2 The match is go­ing to be ex­cit­ing. Anand will prob­a­bly pre­pare well and will have less pres­sure. I ex­pect lots of ten­sion.

VLADIMIR KRAM­NIK, for­mer

world cham­pion If Anand plays his best chess, it may be­come one of the best matches in the his­tory of chess, close to the sec­ond Kas­parov-Kar­pov match at least.

ALEK­SANDER GRISCHUK,

Rus­sian Grand­mas­ter The start is very cru­cial and if Anand can get off to a good one, then there is no look­ing back.

AB­HI­JIT KUNTE, In­dian

Grand­mas­ter I hope for an in­ter­est­ing match. Carlsen is the favourite, but, as the wise Grischuk said: “The win­ner of the Can­di­dates tour­na­ment be­comes a dif­fer­ent per­son!”

BORISWorld Cham­pi­onshipGELFAND, six-time can­di­date

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