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Viswanathan Anand to return after being stuck in Germany for three months

Anand had led the Indian team in the Online Nations Cup early this month. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

CHENNAI -- Former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand will finally reach India on Saturday after being stuck in Germany for over three months due to the travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Yes... Anand will be returning today," Aruna, his wife, told PTI on Saturday morning.

Anand, who boarded an Air India flight from Frankfurt on Friday night, will reach Bengaluru via Delhi.

The five-time world champion will undergo 14 days' quarantine as per the rules laid down by the Karnataka government. "He will complete quarantine procedures and come to Chennai as per protocol," Aruna said.

Anand was in Germany to play in the Bundesliga chess league and was to return to India, but was forced to stay put after the Covid-19 outbreak disrupted sporting schedules and restricted movement. He stayed near Frankfurt and did online commentary for the Candidates tournament, which was called off mid-way due to the pandemic, and led the Indian team in the Online Nations Cup early this month.