Viswanathan Anand labels Topalov’s excuse ‘lame’

Updated: May 26, 2010, 17:53 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: India’s chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand reacted sharply to world No. 2 Veselin Topalov’s comments that the former should not have been proud of taking help from his earlier foes Kasporov and Kramnik.

“It is a lame excuse, I took more of an emotional support from them”, Anand told reporters after an interview of Topalov was published in an Indian daily.

The interview quoted Topalov taking a pot-shot at Anand saying, “I do not think Anand should be very proud of this. Especially by the fact he accepted help from the first two. I have been among the chess elite for 15 years and perfectly remember how Kasparov treated Anand for years. And not long before the World Championship match in Bonn 2008, Anand had to stand the arrogant statements of his opponent in the press. I would never accept help from people who humiliated me for years even for free. But it seems Anand is different.”