Wijk aan Zee Storytellers (2) - Vishy Anand

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1/22/2021 – Eric van Reem, host of the "Let's talk about chess" podcast, continues his "Wijk aan Zee Storytellers" series. In the first episode he talked to Dutch GM John van der Wiel, now he talks to Vishy Anand, five-time World Champion and five-time winner in Wijk. Anand shared a lot of stories about this fantastic tournament and obviously enjoyed these memories. | Photo: Vishy Anand at his home in Kotturpuram, Chennai | Photo: Amruta Mokal

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Wijk aan Zee Storytellers - Part 2: Vishy Anand

Eric talks to five-time world champion GM Viswanathan Anand (1969) from India about the tournament the Indian won five times: in 1989, 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2006. Anand played 20 times in Wijk aan Zee, in which he played 247 games (the most number of games by a non-Dutchman) and won 75 games, making him the number two on the all-time Wijk aan Zee list. Only the legendary Dutch GM Jan-Hein Donner won more games (85). 

Vishy talks about his first visit to The Netherlands in 1989 in which he debuted in Wijk aan Zee. He tells us what it was like to walk through the streets of the small village, being perplexed by the open curtains of the villagers. Since the five-time winner played so many games in Wijk aan Zee, he tells to the listeners which are his personal favourites. And he has some good news: he would love to be back in WIjk aan Zee in 2022, when the pandemic allows it. 

Enjoy this relaxed talk about a great tournament with one of the legends of the game: GM Vishy Anand.

All the information about the tournament and links that will guide you to the right place, can be found on the official website of the tournament. TATA Steel Chess is also on Twitter. Use the hashtag #tatasteelchess.

Have a look at the statistics here: All time statistics.

All crosstables and more information about the event in Wijk aan Zee can be found on the Wikipedia site.

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Host       : Eric van Reem
Guest     : GM Viswanathan Anand (IND)
Editor     : Dennis van Reem
Artwork  : Fränk Stiefel
Music     : Chess Pieces-Silent Partner

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