Vishy Anand on the nine best games of his chess career

  • At the Tata Steel Chess India 2019, we handpicked nine positions from Anand's best games and asked Carlsen, Giri, Hikaru, Vidit and Erwin l'Ami about these positions. They had to guess not only Anand's best move in the position but also who his opponent was. You can find the links to these interviews below.
    After these interviews, we spoke with Vishy about these nine games and recorded this video. Of course, Anand would remember all his positions and games. But the idea was not to test him. Instead, the idea was to ask him about these best games of his career and get to know more inside stories of how these brilliancies were created.
    If you are a chess lover, you are in for a treat as Vishy goes down the memory lane and let's us know about many untold stories related to these games. This video is useful to improve your chess, improve your knowledge about Vishy's games and most of all to know more about the legend Viswanathan Anand, who will turn 50 on the 11th of December 2019.
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    Video: Sagar Shah
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Comments • 80

  • DoctorHouse
    DoctorHouse 11 days ago

    He is the living legends.

  • Man Van
    Man Van 20 days ago

    Man why anand s play level is decreasing nowadays

  • An B
    An B 2 months ago

    Vishy is a bigger icon than Tendulkar for me no contest . Although we have many Indian players now. No one has peaked as much as vishy . He is a legend not just in India but in countries like Russian Armenia etc .

  • Omid Huttar
    Omid Huttar 2 months ago

    0:20 is that Wesley So and his mom in the background?

  • Ben Pumpiner
    Ben Pumpiner 2 months ago

    Vishy corrects the guy who made up the quiz...about something 28 years ago.

  • Noah Ark
    Noah Ark 2 months ago

    I have been following Vishy's interviews and talks. As inspiring as they are, they also highlight the subtle grudge Vishy has against the advent of computers in the chess arena. This has been noticeable ever since his shock defeat against Magnus in the world championship title fight in 2013. In his own words, he describes chess history by dividing it into 2 phases - pre-computers and post-computers. The implied emphasis of his reflections on how the game has changed over the years, has been on how a beautiful game like chess has become dryish or mechanical because of computers.

  • Swarnendu Saha
    Swarnendu Saha 2 months ago

    India's prodigial son.

  • Akshat Gupta
    Akshat Gupta 3 months ago

    Legend 💓💓

  • Shrikant Ramdas
    Shrikant Ramdas 3 months ago

    Great interview of the legend Vishy who makes us so proud for his great decency, character and of course, genius. Nice to see interviewer also so knowledgeable and excited.

  • RageAgainstTheMachine RageAgainstTheMachine

    All Hail Anand The Great! 👑💯👍👏👋

  • Soumil Doshi
    Soumil Doshi 3 months ago

    Greatest interview of Anand sir.

  • Rohit Issac
    Rohit Issac 3 months ago +4

    Amazing.... Sheer genius.
    Best Sportsman India has ever produced.....
    Happy Birthday Vishy ✌️✌️

  • Neeraj Sharma
    Neeraj Sharma 3 months ago +1

    Brilliant video once again. Thanks a lot Sagar on behalf of Indian Chess and Vishy’s worldwide fans!

  • Kavyansh Agrawal
    Kavyansh Agrawal 3 months ago
    One of his gem

  • Jim Geary
    Jim Geary 3 months ago

    He’s a great storyteller! I hope Vichy makes many many more of these.

  • Andrew Webster
    Andrew Webster 3 months ago

    pure class! beautiful stuff, thank you

  • Mojtaba Es
    Mojtaba Es 3 months ago

    This guy doesn't age! He has found the foundation of life!

  • Kirti Dongre
    Kirti Dongre 3 months ago


  • david spedding
    david spedding 3 months ago

    jet black hair at his age??

  • TheWtfness
    TheWtfness 3 months ago

    I dunno why, but Vishy always seems short tempered and impatient during these kind of interviews. Almost like he's getting annoyed by the questions and just wants to get out of there.

  • altruistic angel
    altruistic angel 3 months ago

    i have a feeling vishy had a very hard time accepting the fact magnus was better than him.

  • Arjon Buikstra
    Arjon Buikstra 3 months ago

    I wish I could like this more times

  • HeManUVA
    HeManUVA 3 months ago +1

    Great job Sagar Shah. Most interviewers ask the same old questions and the viewers get nothing memorable. Your preparation was as impressive as Vishy's games.

  • That One Chick
    That One Chick 3 months ago +5

    Looks at board for 2 seconds...
    "This is one of my favorite games!"

  • ToborAtonmi
    ToborAtonmi 4 months ago +1

    I was standing in front of this board at the 2017 Sinquefield, the last game reviewed here. I'll never forget the buzz in the room that game created and the look on Vishy's face right after it was over.

  • Romanth chowan
    Romanth chowan 4 months ago

    Absolute legend.

  • Podos Goland
    Podos Goland 4 months ago +2

    How can you not love this guy.

  • Jazzy Jones
    Jazzy Jones 4 months ago +1

    What a humble genius. Happy 50th, Vishy.

  • hutchmusician
    hutchmusician 4 months ago +1

    I was playing chess just before watching this video. Can’t remember a single move.

  • crazyim5
    crazyim5 4 months ago +2

    The Man The Myth The Legend! Top 5 GOAT in my book

    • Ashton Sequeira
      Ashton Sequeira 3 months ago

      he is the best indian player not in the top 5

  • Ahmed Khaled
    Ahmed Khaled 4 months ago

    Why did this video ended?!!
    I enjoyed this way too much

  • Sigi Kunisch
    Sigi Kunisch 4 months ago

    Thx a lot for this Feature. Very appreciated! 🙂

  • miRS _#
    miRS _# 4 months ago

    Not Tal in the picture? LOL??

  • ThisSentenceIsFalse
    ThisSentenceIsFalse 4 months ago +4

    I could listen to Anand talk about his games and his stories all day.

  • Abhishek Chary
    Abhishek Chary 4 months ago

    Vishy 😍😍

  • Everett01
    Everett01 4 months ago +1

    It's pretty amazing how even Kramnik and Anand were throughout their careers. Their head-to-head record is 31 wins to 30 wins with 138 draws. Kramnik was champion from 2000 to 2007, Anand from 2007 to 2013, and both have a peak rating of 2817.

  • Thyagaraja
    Thyagaraja 4 months ago +1


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    kayairback 4 months ago


  • Vishwas Uday
    Vishwas Uday 4 months ago +2

    I just admire the person who too interview of vishy he was so clear in his hand picked questions
    Hey I want ask chess India I love chess but technically very poor I want to learn professionally is there any best institute with nominal fees structure?

  • Hitendra Kishanchandani

    Vishy just being bro

  • Rishi Gayle
    Rishi Gayle 4 months ago

    Vishy is savage

  • elbay2
    elbay2 4 months ago

    Great interview!... Thanks!

  • lololololololol ol
    lololololololol ol 4 months ago +3

    12:03 Wow, was Anand spot on about Carlsen's thought process or what?

  • mike burns
    mike burns 4 months ago +4

    How can anyone possibly dislike this video? Anand is a legend and one of the greatest to ever play. He has made so many contributions to chess.

    • Andrew Webster
      Andrew Webster 3 months ago +1

      mike burns no matter how beautiful or wonderful something is, there’s always some disturbed moron out there who will hate it

  • xyzct
    xyzct 4 months ago

    Anand is always so charming. What a fine gentleman.

  • Manny Maaan
    Manny Maaan 4 months ago +1

    Past 50 and with that voice, he still ain’t hit puberty 🥴

  • Lee Chess
    Lee Chess 4 months ago +2

    What an enjoyable interview i could hear vishy talk about his games for hours and hours, i can notice all his passion for chess when he talks.

  • Amit Jain
    Amit Jain 4 months ago +1

    How good is to have such beautiful memories of your career..
    How many we have??? 🙁
    Vishy is such a gentleman n a true sportsman. True idol material. Thanks for uploading..

  • Daniel bajaña
    Daniel bajaña 4 months ago

    1:34 Luisón tenía razón, la partida contra Aronian fue su inmortal.

  • regalalien
    regalalien 4 months ago +2

    Now I'm forward to getting the new book they mentioned!

    There are many other candidates for great moves by Vishy. Off the top of my head, I enjoyed his Bxh7! against Karpov, which came after repositioning the bishop from from f3 via e2 to d3 only to sacrifice it immediately. It was a purely intuitive sac against Karpov, playing also against Karpov's time trouble. Another one was his counterintuitive Qb6! simply exchanging queens against Kamsky to initiate a positional crush. Then there is the beautiful queen sac against Joel Benjamin which was very instructive because he took an Ivanchuk novelty in the Catalan (an opening he never plays) and used it in a Sicilian Richter-Rauzer! Only Chucky besides Anand understood where Anand got his idea from.

  • Amir Aliyan
    Amir Aliyan 4 months ago

    At this moment, there are 666 likes and 6 dislikes. 😁

    JACOB TENNYSON 4 months ago +1

    Ribka 2.3.2 and Fritz 5😂😂😂

  • Anand Moon
    Anand Moon 4 months ago

    Such a great Person, with very good Memory ...

  • Brr Venkatesh
    Brr Venkatesh 4 months ago +12

    You can argue there are better or greater players in chess, for instance Kasparov. But he hails from a nation where chess was already flourishing. On the contrary, Vishy was one man who made an entire country learn chess and follow his footsteps. Now that's called greatness. One person, uniting an entire country.

    • Danny Madness
      Danny Madness 3 months ago

      Yeah Annand isn't the literal best ever of course,but at worst hes what top 15 all time I mean for the whole world probably, not to mention his legacy in just India, hes in a good place guys an awesome grand master.I do find it surprising how youth seems to be an advantage even in chess, obviously it makes sense in physical sports but apparently in chess exceptions aside youth is 99 percent of the time an advantage, like Annand right now at age 50 is obviously without question still top top world level grand master elite can still hang with anyone in chess even now,and can still on any given day/tournament potentially beat just about anyone as well,but it does seem that he will never be as good as he was say at age 30-35 ya know, but you'd think in Chess that if not get better with age you'd at least not necessarily lose anything ya know, and yet apparently that is the case,Id have to assume its something to do with just aging process in general like maybe slower neurons firing in the brain/reduction in thinking speed/efficiency and etc,and of course you do gotta be in good physical condition in some ways as well like Carlsen for example has good mental and physical agility/stamina as well can play at a high level even after like a 7 hour game ya know, but anyways regardless even a 50 year old technically post peak/prime Annand is and will likely remain a top level elite world player and again can on any given day more then hang with/draw/beat just about anyone at any given tournament/event etc.and Legacy wise hel go down as obviously the best from India ever in history,and I think at worst in the whole world at worst top 15-20 all time.

  • saikat93ify
    saikat93ify 4 months ago +6

    Amazing that Anand knew the exact thought process Magnus had I’m guessing the Beliavsky game

  • Sayan Roy
    Sayan Roy 4 months ago +25

    Sagar: I will try to confuse him.
    Vishy: better luck next time.😎

  • RaisedByCats
    RaisedByCats 4 months ago

    Another excellent interview, thanks.

  • Abhishek Gautam
    Abhishek Gautam 4 months ago

    amazing interview.

  • Krishna Sykam
    Krishna Sykam 4 months ago +2

    4 40 lol

  • Karan Gaglani
    Karan Gaglani 4 months ago +4

    A god amongst men

  • J.C Rodríguez
    J.C Rodríguez 4 months ago +5


    HOURAKEN MG 4 months ago +1

    AMAZING interview !

  • Naga
    Naga 4 months ago +1

    Can anyone suggest how to improve or work towards memory over chess positions, trying to know for kids of age 10?

  • ig2d
    ig2d 4 months ago +14

    Best interview with Anand I've ever seen...

  • Kaivalya Patkar
    Kaivalya Patkar 4 months ago +2

    Thank you very much Chessbase India for this video and reminding Vishy about his amazing and glorious years! Yesterday I saw his interview where he was absolutely disappointed and was completely disheartened. Even Jenifer and Svidler felt the emotions and it also struck me quite badly! After watching this video I am really relieved and wish that the maestro of chess in India never retires!

  • LemanLake
    LemanLake 4 months ago +2

    Monsieur Vishy. Respect!

  • Luka Calov
    Luka Calov 4 months ago +5

    Vishy rly likes that Biel lake!

    • pramod bhat
      pramod bhat 4 months ago

      Can't blame him for liking a beautiful Swiss summer day :D

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    Really vishy is a inspiration to a small village kid to play chess. A gentleman legend. Like if true....

    GLISSnSQUEEZE 4 months ago +15

    he looks very young for his age. If they said he is 35-40 I would not question it.

  • Deysa Daffa
    Deysa Daffa 4 months ago +4

    and i cant even remember my last move.

  • Arnab Ghosh
    Arnab Ghosh 4 months ago +2

    Vishy vs Beliavsky - when Sagar mentioned none got it right, Vishy understood the thought process. If you check the Carlsen video, he exactly says so. They understand each other so well. :)

    • Sachin Paul
      Sachin Paul 4 months ago

      Arnab Ghosh exactly! I was thinking the same thing. All these beasts are so different yet so similar

  • Keshav Mundada
    Keshav Mundada 4 months ago +3

    He do not qulify for london.....bad

  • Kame Senin
    Kame Senin 4 months ago

    His name is Viswanathan, not Vishy.

    • niklasdd
      niklasdd 4 months ago

      @Kame Senin This is an Indian channel though. On top of that Viswanathan is not that hard to write correctly.

    • AWS Germany
      AWS Germany 4 months ago

      Shut the fuck up, moron.

    • ashutosh yadav
      ashutosh yadav 4 months ago

      Its nickname lolss

    • ashutosh yadav
      ashutosh yadav 4 months ago

      Its his nickname

    • Kame Senin
      Kame Senin 4 months ago

      @V N S SHASHANK VOOTKUR Yes it is his nickname but people write Vishy just because Viswanathan is too complicated for them to write

  • Prem ahuja
    Prem ahuja 4 months ago +2

    One of the best video of chess base india!

  • Douirbcvrvlrjvc
    Douirbcvrvlrjvc 4 months ago +3

    Wonderful work with these interviews. Please do Aronian!

  • shanu gaur
    shanu gaur 4 months ago +1

    Vishy had terrible fate in this tournament in kolkata it can be seen quite clearly in the interview he doesn't seemed to be happy

    PIYUSH CHANDRA 4 months ago

    My favorite combination from Anand which happens to be lesser known : . Vishy allows Moro to queen, ie he calculated from long before, and the queen is later found to be trapped!!

  • Gopalkrushna Mishra
    Gopalkrushna Mishra 4 months ago +4

    Vishy is undoubtbly the Wijik Aan Zee 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

  • Bobby Fischer
    Bobby Fischer 4 months ago +2

    Beautiful video! Was wonderful to hear the thoughts of someone who has faced the best players from multiple generations.

  • jitendra prajapati
    jitendra prajapati 4 months ago +10

    Legend with great memory