Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath admits taking help in chess game against Viswanathan Anand – The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: Indian Chess Federation (AICF) Secretary Bharat Chauhan has said it was “unfortunate” to see unfair methods employed in a charity chess game by Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath against five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand.
Kamath defeated Anand in a COVID-19 relief charity match. However, reports claimed that Kamath manipulated the game to record a win. The AICF secretary called it Kamath’s “bad” decision and said it shouldn’t have happened.
“It’s very unfortunate that it’s a charity game. We don’t expect anyone to get help from computers, at national and state level we follow protocols. We put cameras where players are playing and there is a fair play committee which includes three grandmasters and two players,” Bharat told ANI.
“Everything is completely tracked, but in this kind of charity game we didn’t expect anyone to do that. It’s very unfortunate that such things have happened. He’s not a player and he apologized in public he’s not a regular player or our member we don’t have jurisdiction he was doing it for charity which he shouldn’t have done it’s really bad. For the noble cause, we are helping people and such things should not happen,” Bharat added.
After reports emerged claiming that Kamath had been banned, he also revealed that he had enlisted the help of some people and computers to analyze the game. He also apologized for his “stupid” behavior. “.
“Yesterday was one of those days I dreamed of when I was a very young child learning chess, to interact with Vishwanath Anand. I had the opportunity thanks to Akshaypatra and their idea to raise funds for charity by having a bunch of chess games with Vishy It’s ridiculous that so many people think I really beat Vishy in a game of chess it’s almost like I woke up and won a 100-meter race with Usain Bolt,” Kamath said in a statement.
“I had the help of people analyzing the game, computers and the kindness of Anand sir himself to treat the game as a learning experience. It was for fun and charity. With hindsight, it was pretty silly because I didn’t realize all the confusion that can result. My apologies,” he added.
Even Anand tweeted Kamath’s statement and added that he had just played the position on the board and expected the same from everyone. “Yesterday was a celebrity simulation for people to fundraise. It was a fun experience respecting the ethics of the game. I just played the position on the board and expected the same from everyone “, tweeted Viswanathan.
According to the AICF secretary, the Checkmate COVID program is started to help the chess community and not only Anand but many other players have played for this charity.
“Yesterday a lot of celebrities, like Aamir Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Kamath were there and various other celebrities were there for the initiative,” Bharat said.