Last Sunday World Champion Viswanathan Anand played a match against the World via Chess.com's “Vote Chess” platform. Unfortunately the game could not be finished due to technical problems, but the Indian legend did join Chess.com/TV afterwards to share his thoughts about the final position.
Anand was the head instructor at the 3rd Metropolitan Chess Camp which was held from July 10th to July 14th at The Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport – teaching the various groups at the camp. Alongside him, other coaches at the camp included Grandmasters Vadim Milov, Dejan Bojkov and Melikset Khachiyan.
On Sunday morning, July 14th the World Champion ended his instructional activities by playing a simultaneous exhibition. One of the simul boards was dedicated to the Chess.com community. In an aggregate style of play, the community voted for their suggested move, and the move that got the most votes was played.
The World Champion played the white pieces and "The World" had 3 minutes to vote on their move choice. Chess.com had a relayer to play the World's moves on the actual board for Anand as he moved from board to board during the simul.
Here's the game:
Unfortunately Chess.com experienced some unexpected technical (server) problems which eventually forced us to abort the game. Anand, however, graciously joined IM Daniel Rensch on Chess.com/TV afterwards to share his thoughts about the final position. The game was short, but thanks to the World Champion's insightful and instructive comments it was still an unforgettable experience!
For the second time, Chess.com LLC and Metropolitan Chess, Inc. partnered up to make this event possible. You can view last year's game here.