Thursday, March 2, 2017



5 time World Champion Viswanathan Anand revisits Singapore on March 11 spending a day here at the Overseas Family School to promote chess among school children here. 

Anand last came in 1990 before his Candidates Match with GM Dreev and gave a simultaneous chess match at Cairnhill CC.

I was fortunate to join him at dinner and we shared some interesting stories. One of which concerns GM Eduard Gufeld.

Gufeld was trying to sell his latest book on the Benko, said Anand. But he wasn't really interested in the book as he doesn't play the opening. Gufeld tried to lower the price from US20, then 15, then 10, finally gave it to him for free. Anyone who knows the Ukranian grandmaster would know how good a bargainer he was. For him to be on the opposite end, well...

Chess Fans in Singapore, do not miss this opportunity to catch the man in person! His books and Chessbase videos are wonderfully produced. See you there

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