Viswanathan Anand: A Grandmaster and an Underdog

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Viswanathan Anand: A Grandmaster and an Underdog

Illustration: Palak Bansal

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his morning, after a long time, Viswanathan Anand registered as a blip on the radar of Twitterers. In a big upset, the 48-year-old grandmaster defeated current World Champion and 28-year-old chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen in their latest meeting at the World Rapid Chess Championships. After nine rounds, the undefeated Viswanathan Anand remains tied for the lead.

Then, just the way he appeared all of a sudden, without warning, he disappeared. And the rest of India went back to ignoring the grandmaster, and turned its attentions back to the India-South Africa series, the momentous first cricket tournament after Virat Kohli’s marriage in the national eye. After all, cricket is our religion, we bleed blue, and is it even a sport if you don’t play it on the greens?

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