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Champion Vishwanathan Anand to return home nearly after 3 months

The five-time World champion Vishwanathan Anand will be finally in India on Saturday. He was stuck in Germany for over three months due to the travel restrictions imposed in the trail of COVID-19 and as per the rule, he will immediately go to 14 day quarantine period.

“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.

Anand left for Germany in late February to participate in bundesliga chess tournament but season got canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, due to travel restrictions imposed by the Indian government, Anand self-isolated himself and extend to wait 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.

Anand did online commentary for the Candidates competition was called off midway due to the pandemic and earlier this month, also directed the Indian team in the Online Nations Cup.