“S. Vijay was in for a surprise when he entered the lobby of Hyatt Regency on Tuesday afternoon. The young IT professional from Bangalore has taken leave just to watch the world championship and had bought a ticket to watch the action in game three.
What he didn’t expect though, was a nice little photo exhibition inside the hotel. At Vishy Lounge, in the lobby, visitors can take a look at vintage pictures of the world champion. Among those that will catch your eye are some black-and-white pictures of Anand as a shy teenager.
The entrance to “Vishy’s lounge, in the lobby of the Hyatt Regeny.
There are also photographs from Anand’s early tournaments, such as the candidates match against Alexey Dreev in Chennai in 1991. And of course, there are pictures from Anand’s various successful world championship campaigns.”
This is an excerpt of an article called “Frozen memories of city’s Grandmaster” by P.K. Ajith Kumar, about the photo exhibition in the Hyatt Regency. You can read the full article in “The Hindu” here.
Young Vishy, from the private collection. “Dressed for chess”
HSBC Private Banking (The HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited) has set up this lounge for clients and VIP guests, although at times the lounge is open to all visitors, who want to take a look at the photographs. As described in “The Hindu” the exhibition is a mixture of pictures of the private collection of Aruna and Vishy Anand and more recent shots. The photographes taken in the last 13, 14 years that are shown were made by your blogger.
Pictures of Anand all over the place, nicely framed.
You may have seen some pictures on chess websites in recent years, but most pictures have never been published before. When I was asked to pick a selection for the exhibition, I realised how many pictures I had taken over the years. Vishy has played the Chess Classic Mainz very often, in which I was involved as press officer, photographer and organizer. I have also met Vishy on various occasions in Wijk aan Zee, Bilbao, London, Baden Baden and other events. Not to forget the world championships in Bonn, Sofia, Moscow and now Chennai.
Remember Sofia 2010? The team could not fly to Sofia, because of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. You can find the details here. This one was taken just before the start of the trip. You do recognize Vishy of course, but also his seconds. I remember that I had to cut out Ganguly and Wojtaszek (on the right) for the ChessBase article, because we did not want to reveal the names of the seconds. This is the previously unreleased version!
“The response to the gallery has been good so far“, according to Pratiti Rajpal, marketing communications manager of the Hyatt Regency.
During the 4th game, a televison team from Norwegian VGTV came in and did a short live interview with your blogger. Later that day, another TV team from Star Sports did an item for their TV station about the exhibition.
Yeah, maybe one day I will become a Bollywood star!
It is very nice to get so much positive feedback by the visitors. So if you do have some time left to take a look at the exhibition, you are invited. Your blogger will be around to explain where these pictures were taken. You can buy some souvenirs in the shop, like “I love Anand” T-shirts or coffee/tea mugs.
I will show you one more picture here. I took this one during the photo session in October with Jan Stradtmann, a professional photographer from Berlin, who gave me some useful advice.
I like to share an email I received from a visitor of the exhibition, who describes this picture:
“The sombreness and the peace on both sides of window is so striking. You have done really well to include a piece of weather along with Vishy’s mood. And black and white was the way to go for this calm photograph. I liked it – keep it up.”
The exhibition will be on until the championship is over.