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Chess platform bans Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath for cheating in charity match against Vishwanathan Anand

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Nikhil Kamath, the co-founder of India’s stockbroking platform Zerodha and India’s youngest billionaire, landed himself in a soup after “beating” five-time chess world champion Vishwanathan Anand in an online charity stream for Covid-19 only to have his account suspended by the organiser, Chess.com, for violating its fair play policy.

The charity stream was organised to raise funds for Covid relief and had Anand simultaneously play against celebrities like Aamir Khan, Arijit Singh, and Riteish Deshmukh, among others. Kamath was the only participant to hand the former world champion a “defeat” in the exhibition event.

The event raised uproar online after which Kamath took to Twitter accepting that he had had help from people analyzing the game and from computers, but suggested that Anand himself had been in the know. He jokingly compared his feat to winning a 100-metre race against Usain Bolt and said the confusion was unintentional.

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