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Viswanathan Anand says “time to move on” after Nikhil Kamath’s Chess.com account reinstated

“It’s time to move on and get closure on this,” Anand said in a tweet made in response to Chess.com’s statement announcing the lifting of the ban on Kamath’s account.

Nikhil Kamath said it is "ridiculous" that many people thought that he legitimately beat Anand.

Nikhil Kamath said it is “ridiculous” that many people thought that he legitimately beat Anand. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Anand said it is time to “move on” after Kamath’s Chess.com account was reinstated
  • Kamath admitted to using external help to beat Anand in a charity match
  • Chess.com suspended the Zerodha co-founder’s account after his admission

Five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand said that it is time to “move on” a day after online financial services company Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath’s Chess.com account was reinstated. Kamath’s account was banned after he admitted to using external help in a charity match against Anand which he won.

“It’s time to move on and get closure on this,” Anand said in a tweet made in response to Chess.com’s statement announcing the lifting of the ban on Kamath’s account.

“Regarding the games played in the Vishy Anand simul for charity, as well as with full cooperation of Vishy Anand, Chess.com has elected to reopen all of the accounts in question during the event,” Chess.com-India said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“Given the forthcoming cooperation of the players and the clarification that not all the rules were properly understood, neither Chess.com nor Anand himself see any reason to uphold the matter further.”

Kamath, in his admission, said that it is “ridiculous” that so many think that he actually beat Anand.

“I had help from the people analyzing the game, computers, and the graciousness of Anand sir himself to treat the game as a learning experience. This was for fun and charity. In hindsight, it was quite silly as I didn’t realise all the confusion that can get caused due to this. Apologies,” he added.

Anand later said in a tweet that while the match was a fun experience used to raise money, he expected everyone to stick to the ethics of the game and uphold the position on the board. “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,” Anand tweeted in response to Kamath’s apology.

“@vishy64theking in my head, it was just a fun game we amateurs were playing against the greatest chess champ from India to raise funds for charity. But still gives no excuse for what I did. It was wrong and I sincerely apologize,” Kamath said in reply to the tweet.

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