Anand speaks to one billion fans

6/16/2003 – What is it like if you are a sporting hero in your country and are spending a few weeks doing the newspaper circuit? Vishy Anand, the world's number three player, is one of India's brightest media stars. Which has special implications when you consider the demographics and circulation numbers. Anand is quite possibly the most popular chess player of all times. On Tuesday you too can chat online with "the Vish". Here are the links...

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The online chat with NIIT Brand Ambassador and Former World Chess Champion Vishy Anand will take place on one of India's largest news portals, Chennai Online. It starts on June 17, 2003 at 6.00 p.m. Indian Standard Time. This is GMT + 5.5 hours, which according to our calculations translates to 14:30h European Standard, 13:30h London and 8:30 a.m. New York.

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