Anand on the Forbes cover: All the Right Moves

7/17/2010 – World Champion Viswanathan Anand's life has quite a few lessons on the art of winning. "There’s one more thing I truly admire about him," writes author Indrajit Gupta. "In the cold and fiercely competitive world of chess, Anand is still able to retain his human touch. He is the quintessential Mr. Nice Guy, whom even his rivals can’t seem to hate!" Article and great podcast.

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Learn From the Master Strategist

There’s a great deal to learn about high performance, competitive strategy and teamwork from Anand’s career as the reigning world chess champion

by Indrajit Gupta – July 16, 2010

When you picked up a copy of this edition, I bet you wondered why Vishy Anand was on the cover of Forbes India. He may have very little to do with the world of business, but there’s a great deal that business executives can learn about high performance, competitive strategy and teamwork from Anand’s incredible career as the reigning world chess champion. There’s one more thing I truly admire about him: in the cold and fiercely competitive world of chess, Anand is still able to retain his human touch. He is the quintessential Mr. Nice Guy, whom even his rivals can’t seem to hate!

A couple of weeks ago, Vishy was gracious in spending time with my colleague Ashish Kumar Mishra in his beautiful duplex apartment at RA Puram in Chennai. Ashish was an unusual and somewhat risky choice for this interview: He has no clue about the difference between a Sicilian Defence and a Latvian Gambit, but he did the next best thing: he prepared thoroughly before the session, thanks partly to some quick coaching from our resident chess expert from Chennai: S. Srinivasan, our head of desk. The conversation with Anand is so rich in insights, engaging and accessible (even if you don’t follow the game) that we decided to put it on our cover. Anand is a true champion – and I’d urge you to read his incredible rise and fall – and rise to the very pinnacle of achievement.

Podcast: Viswanathan Anand, the Master Strategist

Ashish Mishra and S. Srinivasan discuss the Forbes cover story. They give you a rare look into Anand's personal life, his preparation regime, his carefully selected team and a peep into the human side of Anand. Normally nobody will listen to long videos and podcasts – but this is one that really worth the time (22 minutes) you will invest. Click on the icon on the right or go to the Forbes Podcast page.


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