Byline by – Balkrishna
The All India Chess Federation (AICF) Secretary Bharat Chauhan has said it is “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 Kamath manipulated the game to register a win. The AICF secretary termed it as a “bad” move by Kamath and said it shouldn’t have happened. “It is very unfortunate it was a charity match. We don’t expect anybody to get help from computers, at the national and state level we are following the protocols. We are putting cameras where players are playing and there is a fair play committee which includes three grandmasters and two players,” Bharat told ANI.
“All things are completely followed but in this kind of charity match we didn’t expect anybody to do this. It is very unfortunate such things have happened. He is not a player and he has apologised in public. He is not a regular player or our member we don’t have jurisdiction, he was doing it for charity he shouldn’t have done. This is really bad. For the noble cause, we are helping people and such things shouldn’t happen,” Bharat added.
After reports came to the light, claiming that Kamath had been banned, he too revealed that he took help from some people and computers to analyse the game. He also apologised for his “silly” behaviour.
“I had help from the people analyzing the game, computers, and the graciousness of Anand sir himself to treat the game as a learning experience. This was for fun and charity. In hindsight, it was quite silly as I didn’t realise all the confusion that can get caused due to this. Apologies,” he added.
Even Anand tweeted Kamath’s statement and added he just played the position on the board and expected the same from everyone.