Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The Vishy Magic...what happens next?

The Indian chess wizard and world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand, finished 3rd in the famed Amber Chess tournament at Monaco, a couple of days back. Levon Aronian won the tournament while Magnus Carlsen was second.

While Vishy has been weaving his magic on the chess board and winning many titles around the world on a regular basis for the past many years, the question that comes to mind is who is the next in line to take such rich legacy forward. I do not see any Indian player at this time doing that.

There have been quite a few good players like Sasikiran, Parimarjan Negi and P.Harikrishna, however, haven't seen any of them reaching heights of Anand.

What is lacking or is it that Anand is realy far ahead.. thoughts?

Meanwhile, do you know what Blindfold Chess is? well, it is not that the players are blindfolded and play against each other.
As per wikipedia... Blindfold chess (also known as sans voir) is a way to play chess, whereby play is conducted without the players having sight of the positions of the pieces, or any physical contact with them. This forces players to maintain a mental model of the positions of the pieces. Moves are communicated via a recognized chess notation
Just to add, Vishwanathan Anand is a champion of this blindfold chess!!

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