Viswanathan Anand. (Getty Images)
CHENNAI: After being stuck in Germany for over three months, Viswanathan Anand is finally returning home.
The five-time world champion is expected to arrive in Bengaluru on Saturday afternoon from Frankfurt in an Air India flight and as per the rule, he will immediately have to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
“The flights from Frankfurt are only scheduled to land in New Delhi and Bengaluru. Anand will be taking the AI120 flight from Frankfurt which has its first stop in New Delhi before reaching Bengaluru post-noon on Saturday. He is following all the protocols put forth by the government agencies,” sources told TOI on Friday. Once the quarantine period concludes, Anand will head to Chennai.
Anand left for Germany in the last week of February to be part of the Bundesliga chess season where he turns out for OSG Baden-Baden. The matches got cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Anand went into self-isolation as a precautionary measure. However, the subsequent travel restrictions imposed by the Indian government and the nationwide lockdown forced Anand to extend his stay in Germany. “It has been a very unusual experience for me to be in self-isolation. I interact with my friends and family on a daily basis. Besides that, I go for a nice long walk once or twice a day,” Anand had told TOI in an earlier interaction.
In the last couple of months, Anand has done his bit to raise funds for Covid-19 relief. He teamed up with five top Indian players – P Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi, Baskaran Adhiban, Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli – to offer simultaneous exhibition (simul) games and raise money for the PM Cares fund. The 50-year-old also took on a team of stand-up comics in an online charity match. He was also seen doing commentary online for the Candidates chess which was halted midway due to the pandemic. To top that, Anand was in top form as he led India at the inaugural FIDE Nations Cup.