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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Of Quotes By Famous Grandmasters - Interesting....

I came across the following interesting quote from non-other than the current World Champion, GM Vishwanathan Anand of India.

"Nowadays, when you're not a grandmaster at 14, you can forget about it."

There are more quotes from him and other famous chess players at the following link http://www.chessquotes.com/player-anand

I had the opportunity of meeting (and playing against) Vishy Anand when he was just an IM at the old MAA building. I remembered we played blitz and I was handling the Budapest Opening using the white pieces. I lost - terribly and after the game, Anand showed me a simple move which would have made me won a piece out right in the first few moves of the game. I laughed about it.....


  1. Najib, I envy you for having a chance to play blitz against Anand - a dream of a life time!

  2. He was a young IM then but a rising star as he was one of the fastest chess player in the world at that time, demolishing his opponents in minutes! How would have I know that he would be a world champion? He was invited to Malaysia at that time by Dato Tan as we were organizing the Asian Cities Chess Championship in Genting.
    I did not have the opportunity to have a photo taken with him at that time but Khalid, Hamid's son did. I will try and post it once I find it.