Nikhil Kamnath Admits Taking Help To Defeat This Grandmaster!
The chess match played between India’s grandmaster Vishwanath Anand and Zerodha’s co-founder Nikhil Kamnath as a part of the COVID-19 fundraising campaign has spilled rotten beans. When Vishy lost to an amateur like Nikhil, the whole world settled its eyes on Nikhil with overflowing dubiety.
In succession, Nikhil came clean on Twitter, admitting that he used unfair means to defeat Vishwanath Anand who is a five-time world champion. But his confession hasn’t gone down well with many fans of chess and ardent followers of Anand himself who have slammed the co-founder schooling him on not graciously accepting defeat.
After the match, Nikhil’s Chess.com account was banned on grounds of violating the Fair-Play policy. Even Anand took to Twitter supporting Nikhil’s apology adding that he just played the board position and expected others to do the same thing.
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
But fans had enough and wanted him to be suspended from touching chess ever in his life, and many were bowled out by the grandmaster’s down-to-earth forgiving attitude. Anand seemed chill about the whole play and let it go.
Others took pity on Nikhil and felt sad that they couldn’t believe the talented co-founder of Zerodha to have adopted such unfair means to win a petty game.
A billionaire cheating a charity event. The jokes write themselves.
— Karan Singh (@karansinghmagic) June 14, 2021
how could you cheat against Vishy? AND during an online fundraising event… 😡
— Eric Hansen (@hansenchess) June 13, 2021
So the Zerodha CEO Nikhil Kamath played a charity chess match against Visvanathan Anand for COViD relief.
Gamed the system to win.
Got his chess profile banned.
A little shameful to cheat to win against a World champ. pic.twitter.com/67GvU2j6tD
— MB (@desiboho) June 13, 2021
Chess Drama Monday! My guess: Vishy knew Nikhil Kamath was using an engine, but didn’t want to distract people from the charity event so he just let it happen because he also knew people would figure it out without him having to do anything, which is what happened.
— Dennis (@DennisLibre) June 14, 2021
I must admit, chesscom does have an amazing fairplay detection system pic.twitter.com/4bFIFaHyf5
— Srinath Narayanan (@nsrinath69) June 13, 2021
True enough, the post ended up getting viral and is trending on top in Twitter with #Vishy and other social media sites with many struggling to digest the unethical practices employed while playing an online chess game, putting the entrepreneur under severe flak.
What do you think about Nikhil’s actions? We believe he should have come clean during the game as a whole and accepted defeat. Let us know in the comments section.