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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Super chess interview with World Chess Champion Vishy Anand

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Hi everyone,

For all the fans of World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand, here's a super interview that you could possibly call a double sundae for your very chess-y Sunday. The interview carries lots of background for those who want more data on the 'Lightning Kid' plus quotes in his inimitable style.

Is this at gunpoint?” Viswanathan Anand wants to know when asked whether he has ever thought about his legacy. It’s a subject he would rather not talk about, for “your legacy should be written by others, preferably when you are gone,” he says. “I feel very much in the present still.”

That Anand, nearly 30 years since he was headlined the “Lightning Kid”, continues to be at the top of the game and talks of bringing into the sport millions of children through his collaboration with the NIIT Mind Champions venture is part of the legacy he consciously avoids talking about.

His “present” is being the world’s second highest rated (2817) chess player, current and three-time world champion (2007, 2008, 2010), the country’s first Grand Master (GM), the youngest Indian at 15 to become an International Master (IM), winner of several accolades, trophies and titles. His future hinges on how long he can remain motivated to put his mind to the 64-square board. “The motivation is still as strong as before,” he says, “ but it comes in phases. I can’t maintain it for long stretches.” You can read further here.

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