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Zerodha Founder Nikhil Kamath Banned After Cheating Against Viswanathan Anand at Chess Charity Fundraiser Event

The shocking and disappointing news comes after the Zerodha founder beat Anand in a chess game at a charity fund raising event.

Zerodha founder Nikhil Kamath

Nikhil Kamath, the founder of Zerodha, was in the news recently after he reportedly beat Vishwanathan Anand in a game of chess. The result was quite a shocking one since the Grandmaster lost against a novice Chess player.

However, the young billionaire has issued a statement clearing up the confusion and shock he had caused. “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 100m race with Usain Bolt.” said his tweet.

Nikhil Kamath also admitted that he had help from “people analyzing the game, computers and the graciousness of Anand Sir himself to treat the game as a learning experience.”

Zerodha founder Nikhil Kamath’s Chess.com account blocked after the tweet

Vishwanathan Anand

Chess.com has banned Kamath‘s account following the tweet, since it violates their fair-play policy. Kamath had a 98.9% accuracy rate while Vishwanathan Anand managed 92.7% during the match. The grandmaster was playing black while Kamath was playing white.

The five time World Champion Vishwanathan Anand said that he had continued sustaining his position on the board while following the code of ethics. Fans are extremely disappointed in Nikhil Kamath’s behaviour, with many calling out his cheating. Many fans are expressing pleasure for Kamath getting banned from the platform.

It is an unfortunate turn of events- AICF Secretary

Kamath and Anand had a match yesterday

The AICF secretary,  Bharat Singh Chauhan, condoned Kamath’s actions and called them an unfortunate turn of events.

“It is very unfortunate it was a charity match. We don’t expect anybody to get help from computers, at the national and state level we are following the protocols. We are putting cameras where players are playing and there is a fair play committee which includes three grandmasters and two players,” Bharat told ANI.

“All things are completely followed but in this kind of charity match we didn’t expect anybody to do this. It is very unfortunate such things have happened. He is not a player and he has apologised in public. He is not a regular player or our member we don’t have jurisdiction, he was doing it for charity he shouldn’t have done. This is really bad. For the noble cause, we are helping people and such things shouldn’t happen,” Bharat added.

The disappointment also comes because it was a COVID 19 charity fundraiser event. The fact that Kamath decided to cheat while helping raise money for the suffering, has hurt a lot of sentiments.

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