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Friday, December 23, 2011

Make positive moves in life and chess, says World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand

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World Champion Viswanathan Anand says, "Make positive moves!" He was speaking at a special event in India. Anand told students it was always advisable to adapt quickly to reality and not keep worrying about lost chances. “Forget what happened, move on and deal with the reality,” he said, warming up to the theme – ‘Lessons from chess,’ that he was invited to speak on.
Sharing his own experience, the chess master said he lost a game recently in a tournament mainly because he didn’t adjust to the new position on board quickly. “I was forced to demolish my own position to safeguard a material and since I was more engrossed with my situation, I failed to notice a winning line,” he recounted. “Similarly, in life too, we take some decisions that affect our plans, but then we should be willing to face the new reality,” he noted.

Talking about the advantages of playing chess, Anand said besides improving memory power and concentration, the game also helped you in decision-making. “As you have little time to solve all problems on board, you need to prepare well and recall the examples at the right moment,” he added.

Just as chess players went through game after game to be prepared for any eventuality on board, in life too, people should work hard to reach their goals, he suggested, while also advising students to develop varied interests because one never knew where they could lead them.

You can read the full report here.
You can read another report about Anand saying his focus is Boris Gelfand here.

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