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Friday, June 29, 2012

Why World Chess Champ Vishy Anand Forgot His Marriage Anniversary!

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Hi everyone,

Viswanathan Anand during
his Accenture lecture in Madrid.

World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand recently explained how decision-making and pattern recognition plays an important part in life and in chess. He was speaking at a conference organised by Accenture in Madrid. His lecture also include ideas of use of computers and the strategies he used for winning the world title.

But, Viswanathan Anand began his lecture with an anecdote about him and his wife Aruna. Anand explains how he could not recognize the pattern in their anniversary date while he was thinking of elo number patterns. You can hear the anecdote in the beginning of the video.

Accenture, the largest consulting firm in the world, organised the conference Return on Analytics in the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid. More than 200 invited guests filled in the auditorium to attend the meeting that launched "Accenture Analytics", a new unit of Accenture which is dedicated to the creation of value through analytical intelligence in business processes.

One of the speakers was Vishy Anand. His lecture "Analysis to anticipate the future and make the best decisions" touched upon topics like pattern recognition, decision making, the role of computers and the different strategies he used in his World Championship matches. Here's the lecture (44 minutes):

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