"Yesterday was one of those days that I had dreamt of when I was a really young kid learning chess, to interact with Vishwanath Anand. Got the opportunity thanks to Akshypatra and their idea of raising funds for charity conducting a bunch of chess games with Vishy," the 33-year-old, who is one of India's youngest billionaires, said in a statement he posted on Twitter.
"It is ridiculous that so many are thinking that I really beat Vishy in a chess game, that is almost like me waking up and winning a 100mt race with Usain Bolt. 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…"
Anand also took to Twitter to speak on the controversy, saying, “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 on the board and expected the same from everyone.”
Bollywood celebrities like Aamir Khan and Ritesh Deshmukh were among those who played against Anand as part of the COVID-19 relief fundraiser event organised by non-profit Akshaya Patra Foundation. Kamath was the only opponent who beat the chess grandmaster.