India’s youngest billionaire, Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath defeated world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand in an online charity chess match. It was organized by chess.com India with an accuracy of 99%. However, Nikhil was later banned by the platform for allegedly cheating and violating fair policy in chess.
Zerodha co-founder recently admits to using unfair practices in the charity chess game against five-time world champion Vishwanathan Anand. Kamath’s account was banned on chess.com. Chess.com is an online platform for anonymous player to play match virtually in the world.
Nikhil Kamath to the Chess Community: pic.twitter.com/L9ofQ98mHR
— Vivek Jaiswal (@ApneVivekSe) June 14, 2021
When Nikhil Kamath’s account was banned and then finally he decided it was time to confess, though his admission of cheating was in the worst traditions of apologies. Later, Nikhil Kamath has admitted to taking computer’s help to beat former chess champion Vishwanathan Anand in an online charity chess game. He has been banned by chess.com, also he took the help of people to analyse the game.
“It is ridiculous that so many are thinking….. I really beat Vishy sir”, he tweeted.
It is ridiculous that so many are thinking that I really beat Vishy sir in a chess game, that is almost like me waking up and winning a 100mt race with Usain Bolt. 😬 pic.twitter.com/UoazhNiAZV
— Nikhil Kamath (@nikhilkamathcio) June 14, 2021
He implied that no one would have treated the game seriously and apologized for creating “confusion” rather than for “cheating” itself. He even implied playing a match with Vishy Anand as a “learning experience”. Although, Nikhil Kamath , 34 year old billionaire co-founder of brokerage firm Zerodha, is sometimes described as a “chess champion”.
It should have purely positive event, the Akshay Patra Foundation and chess.com India held a checkmate covid event with Vishy Anand, where 5 times world chess Champion played simultaneously, live streamed.
AICF’S REACTION ON NIKHIL KAMATH’S CHEATING :
The ALL INDIA CHESS FEDERATION (AICF), said that it is “unfortunate” to see unfair methods employed in a a charity chess game by Mr. Kamath against five time world champion Vishwanathan. Everyone termed it as the “bad” move by Kamath and it shouldn’t have happened. It was very much unfortunate that this happened in a charity match. No one expected anybody to get help from computers at a national and state level. Everyone should follow the protocols.
Checkmate Covid, chess.com simul raised over 10 lakh during the match for India.
Massive THANK YOU to everyone for making this event a grand success! 🙌🏻
We are glad to share that we managed to raise more than 10 Lakhs from this event! @AkshayaPatra
— Chess.com – India (@chesscom_in) June 13, 2021
After reports came to limelight, claiming that Kamath had been banned, then he revealed that he took help from computer and some other people to analyze the game. Then he had to apologize for his “silly” behavior. Aamir Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ananaya Birla, Yuzvendra Chahal and Manu Kumar Jain also played with Anand for charity to raise funds to combat covid-19 pandemic. While other players lost easily, Anand surprisingly lost to Kamath.
Even Vishy Anand tweeted Kamath’s statement and added he just played the position on the board and expected the same from everyone.
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 onthe board and expected the same from everyone . pic.twitter.com/ISJcguA8jQ
— Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) June 14, 2021
Here’s what Samay Raina said after tweet update from Nikhil Kamath
This is like breaking a plate and trying to fix it with glue https://t.co/OSPqDw9kPo
— Samay Raina (@ReheSamay) June 14, 2021
HERE’S WHAT VISHWANTHAN ANAND HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE GAME :
THE REACTION ONLINE WAS FAST……..
It’s fair enough to say no-one was impressed by Nikhil’s “apology”
This has got to be right up there as one of the worst attempts at making a save after being caught blatantly cheating. https://t.co/NcYRNjI5SP
— Kevin Goh Wei Ming (@kevingohwm) June 14, 2021
From this to defeating @vishy64theking, what a comeback!!
— Samay Raina (@ReheSamay) June 14, 2021
Woke up to this. Complete disrespect to chess. Nothing justifies cheating. Going back to sleep https://t.co/d8RCCst3TG
— Tania Sachdev (@TaniaSachdev) June 14, 2021