One of the blessings of COVID-19 and the lockdown is that I am exploring very very interesting contents online – be it movies, documentaries, web series or talk shows/podcasts. Even without lockdown I would have continued to do so, but at far slower speed. The lockdown has accelerated it by 10X or 20X!
Recently I came across Chess Grand Master’s 2 part interview with former Chess World Champion GM Vishwanathan Anand. Surya has been a great player himself and also worked as a “second” for Vishy Anand during his World Championship prep.
For those who are not familiar with Chess, a “second” is a training and preparation partner for very crucial events such as World Championship and is a very critical component in the success of the contestant.
This 2 part interview is amazing and a must-watch for all Chess lovers. Even for non chess players there are many interesting points – especially Anand’s take on various subjects outside chess.
Two highlights of the first part are:
- Anand’s (and even Surya’s) Blindfold prowess
- Anand’s apt analogy between COVID-19 and Chess-playing machine