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India’s youngest billionaire defeats Vishwanathan Anand in online chess, gets banned for cheating

India’s youngest billionaire and Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath defeated five-time world chess champion, Viswanathan Anand, in an online match organised by Chess.com India. It was an online event and Kamath defeated the ‘grandmaster’ with an accuracy of 99%.

However, he was banned by the platform for allegedly cheating. 

Following the ban, Kamath on Monday apologised for causing ‘confusion’, accepting that he had help from “people analyzing the game, computers, and the graciousness of Anand sir himself to treat the game as a learning experience.”

“It is ridiculous that so many are thinking that I really beat Vishy sir in a chess game, that is almost like me waking up and winning a 100mt race with Usain Bolt,” he wrote on Twitter.

In response to Kamath’s tweet, the ex-world champion tweeted, “Yesterday was a celebrity simul for people to raise money. It was a fun experience upholding the ethics of the game. I just played the position on the board and expected the same from everyone.”

Later, replying to Anand’s tweet said, Kamath said, “@vishy64theking in my head, it was just a fun game we amateurs were playing against the greatest chess champ from India to raise funds for charity. But still gives no excuse for what I did. It was wrong and I sincerely apologise.”

The exhibition match on Sunday saw several celebrities from varied fields matching their wits against Anand for the Akshaya Patra Foundation`s Covid-19 relief funds.



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