Vishy Anand to tackle 40 math wizards simultaneously at ICM

New Delhi: It promises to be an exciting
encounter of its kind as chess ace Vishwanathan Anand takes on
40 math wizards at the same time in August.

Anand, the world chess champion, will engage 40 best
mathematical minds in a game of chess, perhaps the most
cerebral of all sport.

The contest will take place on the sidelines of the
International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM), the biggest
and the most prestigious such gathering in the world, being
held in Hyderabad in August.

The Grandmaster himself is a keen follower of mathematics
as he feels it approach to problem solving is similar to that
in chess.

"I am quite looking forward to attending the congress and
maybe even hear some lectures," Anand was quoted as saying in
a statement issued by the ICM organising committee.

Anand`s first introduction to a mathematician was through
a book `The Man who knew Infinity`, a biography of the
legendary Srinivas Ramanujan.

"I was intrigued by his natural genius. That was my first
introduction to a mathematician," he said, adding that he was
keenly awaiting the opportunity to play 40 mathematicians at
the same time.

"Both chess and mathematics are closely linked and lot of
our methodology in problem solving are similar," said Anand
who ranks Andrew Hodges`s `Inner Life of Numbers`, a book on
`Fermat`s Last Theorem` as among his favourites and frequently
read books.

Emanuel Lasker, the mathematician well known to
algebraists for the `Lasker?Noether Theorem` was the world
chess champion for 27 years between 1894?1921.

The game of chess originated in India in the sixth
century and was called Chaturanga.

Chaturangam in Sanskrit, refers to four divisions of the
military -- infantry, cavalry, elephants and chariots which
later evolved into the modern pawn, knight, bishop, and rook.

The modern form of the game is somewhat different from
the Indian version and evolved in Europe in the 15th century.


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