Nikhil Kamath, co-founder of Zerodha apologized on Twitter and self-confessed that he resorted to biased means in order to beat former world champion Viswanathan Anand in an online charity Chess event. Kamath apologized for his misdemeanor and said he had help from people analyzing the game and computers.
The billionaire’s Chess.com account has been banned following the match. Chess.com is an online platform for players across the world to play matches virtually.
“Yesterday was one of those days that I had dreamt of when I was a really young kid learning chess, to interact with Vishwanath Anand. Got the opportunity thanks to Akshaypatra and their idea of raising funds for charity conducting a bunch of chess games with Vishy. It is ridiculous that so many are thinking that I really beat Vishy in a chess game, that is almost like me waking up and winning a 100mt race with Usain Bolt,” Kamath said in a statement.
“I had help from the people analyzing the game, computers, and the courteousness of Anand sir himself to treat the game as a learning experience. This was for fun and charity. In retrospection, it was quite silly as I didn’t realize all the confusion that can get caused due to this. Apologies,” he added.
To this, Anand humbly responded, “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.”
Well, Viswanathan Anand’s simultaneous online chess games against celebrities on Sunday night raised more than Rs 10 lakh. We are happy that Nikhil has apologized for his win and clarified the means he took to defeat Anand.