Monday, December 02, 2013

Checkmate

Source: Wikipedia
The noise has finally begun to die down. The entire nation was gripped with a fever for the last few weeks- Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement from all forms of cricket. Everything else was forgotten, all that people could think of was that a cricketing legend whose career spun over twenty four years was calling it a day. A star performer through most of the two decades that he was on the field, the little master was proclaimed to be no less than a god. No wonder India cried; tears ran down every cheek, woeful messages flooded Facebook and Twitter and tissue sales went up.  The day the last Test match began, roads were deserted and life came to standstill across the country.

Everything else was forgotten; including a world championship that was silently taking place at The Hyatt in Chennai at the very same time. A rather soft spoken, bespectacled and intelligent looking gentleman was defending his world championship title. A man with an unassuming persona who stayed away from the glitz and glamour success brought him for over two decades. He became his country’s first ever Grandmaster at the tender age of 19 and held championships after championships in a sport that very few of his countrymen could foray into.

A wonder that never ceased, he rose to fame with his king, queen, bishop and the knights. Making the front page from time to time but often pushed into the shadows by a cricket crazy nation. Like all other sports, his never stayed in the limelight for long either.  His is a tale that legends are made of, but not in his homeland. Here he was, defending a championship on home ground and yet not many seemed to notice. The lone star shining across the checkered sky was almost forgotten.

He might have been checkmated out of his title, but he will continue to be one of the greatest the game has ever produced. If only his country noticed him as much as he deserved...It’s a pity Viswanathan Anand’s game was not cricket.

16 comments:

  1. A real pity it is... every game/sport/sportsperson we can think of, succumbs miserably in India under the shadow of cricket.

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    1. True, it might have helped if we Indians had shown some support for the rest of the sports the Country plays.. the authorities would probably have boosted those to some extent.. :|

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  2. I wish anand was given bharat ratna. I feel he is more deserving.

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    1. Absolutely! Truer words have probably never been uttered :)
      Thanks for stopping by Swati :)

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  3. A great guy!
    Sad nobody is taking notice of him.

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  4. Yeah, little sad that we don't worship our heroes on the same level. He is indeed one of the greatest gems of our country. Wish you give more respect to other sports.

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    1. Yeah hopefully things will be different some day... Thanks for stopping by :)

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    1. Viswanathan Anand is quite well known for the laurels he has achieved despite Chess not being as popular.. this was more about giving him his due and not forgetting him entirely..
      Thanks Rohan for stopping by :-)

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  7. Country has noticed Anand. Chess is not a teamsport, so there is not much direct telecast and popularity. Yet chess is popular in India. Anand's success had played a role in it.

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  8. Well, cricket is a TV friendly sport and chess is clearly not. But Anand has got his share of fame alright and he deserves every bit of it.

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  9. A real hero! Thanks for this post :)

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  10. Apt observations, Seeta. Rightly so. Many headlines of his wins in Chess were relegated to the Sports Page inside, unlike Cricket that has always got front-page mention+ Sports page ! :)

    I have tagged you in my Post- http://anitaexplorer.blogspot.in/2013/12/pass-parcel.html :)
    Pl do take a look and find time to respond by writing a Post! :)

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    1. Thanks Anita :-) sure will check the post later today and get back to you :-) thanks again for that :-)

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