Nikhil Kamath of Zerodha admits “unfair means” in chess, Vishy gives elegant reply


Many pointed out that other celebrities like Kannada actor Kichcha Sudeep and Bollywood producer Sajid Nadiadwala also cheated during the event.

An online charity chess event featuring former world champion Viswanathan Anand and several other celebrities sparked controversy after Zerodha Nikhil Kamath admitted to using “unfair means” to beat the Indian legend. Nikhil Kamath, co-founder of Zerodha, which is a securities brokerage firm and True Beacon, an asset management firm, tweeted a statement on Twitter and admitted that he sought help from analysts chess and computers at Sunday’s event.

Responding to Kamath’s tweet, Vishwanathan Anand said he expected everyone to play the same as him – just playing for position on the board. “Yesterday was a celebrity sim for people to fundraise. It was a fun, ethically-driven experience. I just played the role on the board and expected the same from everyone. world, ”Anand tweeted.

The charity chess event was broadcast online and sparked interest when Vishwanathan Anand resigned from the match with Nikhil having a few minutes to spare. The chess world was pretty dumbfounded, but later it was revealed on social media that Kamath’s account on has now been blocked, meaning Nikhil may have used an online platform. to predict Anand’s movements.

Kamath apologized for his crime and said he was helped by people analyzing the game and computers. “…. It’s ridiculous that so many people think that I really beat Vishy in a game of chess, it’s almost like waking up and winning a 100m race with Usain Bolt. I had the help of the people analyzing the game, the computers and the kindness of Anand Monsieur himself to treat the game as a learning experience. It was for fun and charity. In hindsight, it was was pretty silly as I didn’t realize all the confusion that could result. Sorry, “Kamath tweeted.

The event, Checkmate Covid, was organized by India ( is a global online chess community) with the NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation. It has seen various celebrities, including Indian cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal and actor Aamir Khan, among others, take on Anand in simultaneous matches on Sunday night to raise funds for families affected during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s really unfortunate. He (Nikhil Kamath) is a big celebrity. He shouldn’t have done this. It’s really bad. For the noble cause, we are helping people and such things should not happen.” , he told PTI. “He is not a regular player or our member and we have no jurisdiction,” said Chauhan when asked if action was possible against Kamath.

In fact, many people pointed out that other celebrities other than Chahal cheated at the event. The accounts of actor Kannada Kichcha Sudeep and producer Sajid Nadiadwala were also blocked on for breaking fair play rules.

Chess comedian and streamer Samay Raina was the co-host of the event, and he also took to Twitter to bemoan the fact that celebrity guests took help playing the matches. said more than Rs 10 lakh was raised through the event and thanked attendees for making it a success.

With PTI inputs


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