Some stellar performances by seasoned veterans and promising youngsters continued to raise the bar in Olympic sports but there was heartbreak in equal measure when corruption scandals blighted India's favourite obsession, cricket, in a see-saw year for the country's sportspersons.
In what turned out to be a bitter-sweet year for Indian chess, five-time winner Viswanathan Anand lost his bid to regain his title in the Sochi World Championship but Indian men's team clinched a historic bronze at 41st Olympiad.
Indicating that he is still hungry for success, five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand said he is not quitting the game anytime soon and is preparing to play more tournaments in the coming year after a decent performance in 2014.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand played out his third draw on the trot, signing peace with Hikaru Nakamura of United States in a keenly fought game of the third round of London Chess Classic here on Saturday.
After losing to Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in game 11 of World Chess Championship that ended his hoped of winning the World title, Viswanathan Anand has said he wants to continue playing chess as long as he enjoys doing so.
The 11th game of the World Chess Championship is a must win game for five time world champion Viswanathan Anand, who is trialing by a full point to defending World Champion Magnus Carlson, of the 12-game series.
Trailing by a full point with just two games remaining, Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand would desperately need a victory to stay afloat against Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship match here on Sunday.
Despite being down 4-5 with just three more games to go, Viswanathan Anand on Thursday said he was fine with an easy draw in the ninth game and insisted that he still has a chance of posting a win in the World Chess Championship match.
A well-prepared Viswanathan Anand managed the easiest of draws with black pieces in his ninth round match against Magnus Carlsen on Thursdy but the Norwegian inched closer towards retaining his World Championship crown as he leads the Indian ace by a full point.
The 2014 World Chess Championship is poised interestingly, as the title challenger from India, Viswanathan Anand, has to take some risk to strike soon to be in contention for the crown with Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen enjoying a one-point lead, say experts.