World Champion Viswanathan Anand at Metropolitan Chess, Inc., August 2012 Print
Monday, 03 September 2012 05:33

Metropolitan Chess, Inc.
August 2012

Since there has been no reigning world champion that has been brought to the United States, in recent years, for the purpose of teaching or camp instruction, we, Metropolitan Chess, Inc., wanted to try something outside of the box, and felt that inviting World Champion Viswanathan Anand to our camp would therefore be a natural fit.

From August 9th to 13th, undisputed World Champion Viswanathan Anand along with another 8 instructors, coached over 100 youth participants that had flocked to Los Angeles, some from afar, to meet the World Champion at the 2012 Metropolitan Chess Camp.

Some of his instructional sessions with GM Anand -- split over a morning and evening session -- to the higher rated camp groups lasted over 5 hours per day.

GM Robert Hess gives a video interview of the impression of attendees with GM Anand:

On the last day of the camp, Anand played some of the top performing participants at the camp in a 20-board simultaneous exhibition. The simul was somewhat unusual in that it had several 2300 FIDE rated players partaking, and an additional 'vote chess' board which allowed the online audience to participate. The end result was 15 wins and 5 draws for the Indian Grandmaster.

This simul concluded the 5-day camp with World Champion Viswanathan Anand, whom Metropolitan Chess, Inc. is looking forward to again hosting in a future year.


Photos by Chris Roberts & Tim Hanks

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