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Viswanathan Anand

In Mind Master (2019), Vishy Anand elaborated on his training routine during a world championship match:

"On the morning of a game during the world championship matches, after breakfast, my team of four trainers and I would spend a couple of hours debating the final choices and lines, and they would force me to go over my notes before breaking off to get back to work while I showered and took a nap. In the final 45-minute stretch before heading off to the venue, I would sit at the board in the training room while my seconds stood around me, forming a half-moon and, by turns, throw positions at me to solve. If I was unable to solve a position in the third or fourth attempt and they were all standing around me, perhaps secretly wondering how I ever became a world champion, the embarrassment I felt was intense and scalding. It was almost as if my ego was shredded into bits with a butcher's cleaver. If a similar position popped up in a game, I would never be in doubt any more - the humiliation I'd experienced earlier would work as a branding iron. Sometimes, having your ego take a knock before a game is actually a good thing. You're then a lot sharper at the board" (AFP Archive)



Few people know better than Viswanathan Anand how to tackle the gravest obstacles and overcome the toughest odds. From the time he learnt to move pieces on a chess board as a six-year-old, Vishy - as Anand is fondly known - has racked up innumerable accolades. The first World Chess Champion from Asia, he emerged onto the world stage when chess was largely a Soviet preserve, climbed the ranks to become world No. 1, bagged five world championship titles and won tournaments across all formats of the game. An ambassador of the sport like no other, his is one of the most revered names in chess. In Mind Master, Vishy looks back at a lifetime of games played, opponents tackled and circumstances overcome and draws from its depths significant tools that will help every reader to navigate life's challenges. What role do tactics and strategy play in the preparation for achieving a goal? How can emotions be harnessed to be of advantage in tricky situations? What are the precautions to be taken before you decide to leave your comfort zone and embrace risk? What do you need to do to stay relevant in the face of rapidly changing realities? Is unlearning really the only way to learn? These are just some of the nuggets Anand touches upon with characteristic wit, easy wisdom and disarming candour in Mind Master - a delightful and invaluable exploration into the self that will thrill, inspire and motivate readers as few books have done before.

'India is a superpower in chess now': Viswanathan Anand talks exclusively to THE WEEK

He talks about new crop of talent, how Covid-19 helped chess grow globally, and more

Tolles Timing, schönes Skript - und nicht zuletzt schauspielerisch überzeugend. Vishy Anands Subway-Werbespot:

Der Beste, größte jemals? Nicht Fischer, Carlsen, Kasparow. Natürlich Viswanathan Anand.

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