Was worried after Topalov acquired computer cluster: Anand

World champion Viswanathan Anand conceded he and his his team of seconds were nervous after challenger Veselin Topalov spent a fortune to secure a super computer.

Last Updated: May 20, 2010, 17:34 PM IST

New Delhi: World champion Viswanathan Anand
conceded he and his his team of seconds were nervous after
challenger Veselin Topalov spent a fortune to secure a super
computer with lightning speed ahead of the summit clash in
Sophia in which the Indian prevailed.

Topalov obtained the computer cluster which ran the
latest Rybka program but that was not enough as Anand
successfully defended his title.

Anand`s preparation, on the other hand, relied more on
what he described as "human cluster" with world number one
Magnus Carlsen and former world champions Garry Kasparov and
Vladimir Kramnik providing generous inputs.

Despite that, Anand conceded he and his team of seconds
were nervous after hearing about Topalov`s new acquisition.

"We actually started to get a bit worried when we heard
about it," Anand said in an interview on Playchess.com.

"So we had to do something in a hurry.... Then the people
from Hiarcs (a computer chess program) got in touch...That
improved matters quite a bit," Anand said.

According to him, computers are useful but it has its
limitations too.

"It must be good for the player to have good hardware.
The problem is that it often doesn`t tell you what you want.
You want it to find an improvement for White, and it may
choose to find it for Black instead.”

"It is also insidious, it can stop you playing your
favourite lines because of some obscure problems somewhere. I
would say computers are very useful, especially very powerful
hardware ? but if working with the computer means you stop
taking risks it`s of course going to kill you," Anand said.

In that respect, human analysis has an edge, he said.

"With humans it is fantastic, because some of the things
they tell you, you can almost relate to. You can almost see
how it is something you can apply at the board. In the last
few days some of the suggestions came from Vlady (Kramnik),
very intelligent suggestions, with his explanation of why you
should do this or that.

"Or sometimes Garry (Kasparov) will tell you a story
about the player, and it is some insight which at a critical
moment it may help you to choose between two moves and that
can be decisive. So it is a very, very different kind of help.
Of course these are some of the greatest players in chess, so
you can`t really ask for more," said Anand.

PTI