Anand to play against 40 players simultaneously

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010, 21:37 PM IST

Hyderabad: Hyderabad is all set witness a
spectacular chess match between the grandmaster Viswanathan
Anand who will play against 40 players simultaneously.

According to the organisers of ICM International
Congress of Mathematicians -2010, 40 participants have been
chosen for simultaneous chess play.

"As many as 17 players including some eminent mathematics
professors are from India," said an official from the
organizing committee.

The official said some expert mathematicians form all
over the world will also take part in the match which will be
held on August 24.

Anand is said to be a keen follower of developments in
mathematics and science. One of his favourite books which he
often refers to is Andrew Hodges`s `Inner Life of Numbers`.

The nine-day ICM-2010, which kicked off today, is
structured in the traditional manner with the main activity
being the Plenary and Sectional invited lecturers. The
sectional talks being held in seven or eight parallel

President Pratibha Patil, who inaugurated the Mathematics
Congress, said contributions made by Aryabhatta and
Brahmagupta to the development of Algebra and Astronomy
in 6th and 7th centuries are well recognized.

"Ever since our Independence India has recognized the
importance of science as a vehicle for human progress.
Science, Mathematics, the language of science and its
advancement, is an integral part of India`s science policy,"
Patil said.

The President gave away field medals considered to be
Nobel prizes of Mathematics to the achievers in the field of

Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimham, Chief Minister K
Rosaiah and International mathematical Union president Laszlo
Lovasz were among the dignitaries attended the inaugural