Viswanathan Anand to monitor progress of young chess prodigies
New Delhi: Chess maestro Viswanathan Anand announced on Monday that he is launching an academy for aspiring chess stars, and he will personally monitor the progress of young chess stars in the country.
Speaking to Twitter, Anand wrote: “I am very happy to announce the launch of WestBridge Anand Chess Academy (WACA). Very happy to partner with WestBridge Capital to make my long-held dream of training talent come true. in India.”
Anand also revealed that there will be a scholarship program that will aim to bring junior chess stars to the top ranks.
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“I will be personally monitoring their progress both as a person and as a chess player. It will be a scholarship program that will aim to bring our most talented junior chess prodigies to the top ranks,” Anand said in another tweet.
Anand is a five-time world chess champion. He also became the undisputed world champion in 2007, and he successfully defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008, Veselin Topalov in 2010 and Boris Gelfand in 2012.
In 2013, he lost the title to challenger Magnus Carlsen, then lost a rematch to Carlsen in 2014 after winning the 2014 Candidates Tournament.
The 51-year-old was the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Prize in 1991-92. In 2007, he went on to receive India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first athlete to receive this award.
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