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Happy birthday, Vishy!

This “Mate in Chennai”blog ends today,  December 11.12.13, on which I want to say:  Happy birthday, Vishy! I hope you have a great day in London!

“I am so used to playing chess on my birthday, it would be a bit strange to blow candles on cakes”, says Anand.

“I am so used to playing chess on my birthday, it would be a bit strange to blow candles on cakes!”

“I am so used to playing chess on my birthday, it would be a bit strange to blow candles on cakes!”

“I am so used to playing chess on my birthday, it would be a bit strange to blow candles on cakes!”

“I am so used to playing chess on my birthday, it would be a bit strange to blow candles on cakes!”

Here is a picture I took at the London Chess Classic last year.

One last thing…

One final note  at the end of this blog. During my stay in Chennai, Mr. Venkatchalam Kameswaran came to me with a big bag, and he showed me albums with clippings and pictures of Vishy’s career in his early teens.  Mr. Kameswaran (1943) is a chess trainer, journalist and India’s first international arbiter. In one of the albums I found this clipping from 1981 or 1982, because in the article is is mentioned that Anand is 12 at the time.  I had never seen this clipping before. I am pretty sure that this is where Vishy’s nickname “Lightning Kid” comes from! The article is written by Kameswaran.

And I found another clipping from 30 November 1982, in which the “Lightning Kid” strikes again!

I started this blog with a newspaper clipping from the Bad Sodener Zeitung in 2013, and I end the blog with a clipping from 1982….and so the circle is complete.

I would like to “thank you” to everybody who visited the blog. Thank you for your support and comments. Who knows, maybe there will be another “Mate in …..” one day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leftovers

After the last game in Chennai , I was able to post one more article,  but suddenly the blog went blank after a simple plug-in update. Since I had to travel home to good (c)old Germany and had other things to do, I was not able to do the necessary repair work immediately.

In this post I want to show you a number of pictures I made after the last game and the days that followed.

In the tenth game, Carlsen only needed a draw to win the world title and a lot of TV stations came to the Hyatt to make reports. I do not know why the reporter took her shoes off.

 As you can see, TV and radio stations worldwide were interested in the outcome of the match.

Your blogger had to do one more radio interview. These very friendly guys came to me after every game to ask for a statement.

This is the view from the 10th floor of the Hyatt Regency. You can see all the media people eagerly waiting for the players after the 10th game.

Vishy made it, but Magnus is still missing. Vishy and Anastasiya Karlovich discuss what to do next….

…but is was not easy for Carlsen to get to his seat!

On the next day, we had a final breakfast with the team in the presidential suite of the Hyatt. Vishy and Aruna had already packed and went home with their son Akhil. In my article “Vishy Anand plans next moves” for the Indian Express, you can read about “the morning after”.

On our way to Mammallapuram on Sunday (we had time to do some sightseeing), we were surpised to see that Anand obviousy  started a new career after the last game!

Anand’s parents, Viswanathan Iyer and Susheela  confirmed on Monday after the closing ceremony, that their son would continue to play chess…

…which was confirmed by Aruna’s parents!

After the fastest closing ceremony I had ever seen, there was an improvised 20 minute  press conference for in the press room. Susan Ninan from the “Times of India” is taking notes…

…but obviously not everybody was very excited about the final statements of the new world champion. The face of the girl in the middle speaks volumes. In the back you may spot Jon Ludvig Hammer.

Congratulations Magnus! But there is one more thing you need to do…

…sign the chess board! You may recognize the signature of Magnus, his father Henrik, Jon Ludvig Hammer and Simen Agdestein.  The other side of the board is signed by Team Anand, to be displayed in the Chess Tigers Training Center in Bad Soden.