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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ein Gedanke zu „Happy birthday, Vishy!

  1. “Who knows, maybe there will be another “Mate in …..” one day!”

    Well…..disappointing to learn that there won’t be a mateinsochi. :(
    But look forward to more insider news on chessintweets! :) And hope to see Anand win this time around.

    Wishing you well.

    Mallikarjun Karra,
    Berlin

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