Vishwanath Anand on Tuesday gave closure to the cheating row that happened at a COVID-19 fundraiser Chess tournament organized by Chess.com India and Akhaya Patra foundation. This charity event took place on the 13th where the Indian Grandmaster took over a few celebrities in a series of simultaneous matches of chess. In the same, Nikhil Kamath, the co-founder of Zerodha and the youngest billionaire of India, defeated Vishy by checkmating him five times. Later on it was discovered that Nikhil had cheated.
The internet went into a frenzy after seeing Vishy’s defeat and smelling suspicion about the match on Sunday.
As reported by the Quint, the computer analysis of Nikhil’s play determined his efficiency as 98.9 percent. Whereas, experts suggest that any efficiency above 97 percent is humanly impossible and can only be achieved by computerized chess engines. This proved that Nikhil had been getting help from chess engines and was engaged in foul play.
After a lot of speculation, Nikhil Kamath himself tweeted an apology accepting that he had “had help from the people analyzing the game and computers” while playing the match. His apology tweet read –
This apology, even though lacking the sentiment of guilt, was received by Vishy to which he replied with a calm and witty tone saying, “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.”
Nikhil’s Chess.com account was banned after fishing out foul play. The Chess.com team also released an official statement about the matter on twitter that read –
Following this statement, Vishy decided to put a closure to the whole charade by reposting it with a message that read, “It’s time to move on and get closure on this”.
At this charity event, Anand played against a few more celebrities including Kiccha Sudeep, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sajid Nadiadwala, and others. He won against all the others in fairplay. It was a friendly charitable event.
As of now, Chess.com has lifted the ban and restored Nikhil’s account on their platform.