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Chess for Children: A Smart Move

Chess for Children: A Smart Move

When we think of chess we think of two adults sitting opposite each other, thinking of ways and means to outsmart the other. Many people feel it is a very difficult game. But do you know that most chess players and champions start very young? Viswanathan Anand, number two in the world, played his first chess game at the age of five. This was in 1974. Anand’s mother taught him the game and was his first opponent....

India's First Female Grand`master'

India's First Female Grand`master'

July 31: What does a person achieve at 21? A college degree or, maybe, a job if she is lucky. How about the title of Women’s Grandmaster in chess? S. Vijayalakshmi is 21. And she has just won this title to become the first woman Grandmaster of India. It is a record which will never be challenged as other women aspirants can only follow her achievement. To win Vijaylakshmi, or Viji as she is known, had to defeat International Master P....

Viswanathan Anand – The Lightning Kid

Viswanathan Anand – The Lightning Kid

Whenever advertisers want a brainy sportstar to talk about their product, very often they think of one name – Viswanathan Anand. A world-class chess champion who was given the name of Lightning Kid because of the speed with which he played. But how are world class champions like Vishy born? For that, ask his mother Sushila. In 1974, when he was five, she first opened a chessboard and taught him the game. She was also his first opponent in the game....

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