Susan enthrals Budding players

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Bangalore, Nov 28 (UNI) In a rare event, 20 budding chess players of the country played against the world's first Woman Grand Master Susan Polgar here today.

As the 38 year-old Grand Master from Hungary moved from table to table to move her white pawn, her opponents, who included the world's youngest PhD student Tathagat Avatar Tulsi, were eager to know her next move and respond. But with her swift moves, Polgar did not give any time to her opponents.

The event was held by National Geographic Channel which provided the platform as part of its new series 'My Brilliant Brain' to be beamed daily from December 10 to 21 at 2200 hrs.

Polgarn, who first started playing chess at the age of four, said nobody was a chess player in her family. Only her determination brought her all her fame. ''In my family nobody was a chess player.

My father was helping me by reading books. He was always one step ahead but I learnt to catch up with him and defeat him in the game''.

Polgar, who also figures in 'My Brilliant Brain' (Make Me a Genius) said a genius was not only born, but can be made. ''I was not a born genius. But I had an extraordinary childhood. Hard work, competing on equal terms with the greatest names in chess like Gary Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov and Bobby Fisher.

''Susan became the number one woman player in the world at the age of 15 and remained in the top three for nearly 23 consecutive years.

National Geographic Channel, India Senior Vice President (Content and Communication) Rajesh Sheshadri said, ''My Brilliant Brain is a very special initiative for us as it strongly communicates our philosophy of think again. It is a celebration of the incredible powers of the human mind and we have extended it beyond the on-air showcase, which includes innovative on-line and on-ground activation to provide a wholesome experience to our viewers.'' Mr Tathagat Avatar Tulsi said he was thrilled over playing with Susan. '' I was also a chess player, if I had continued the game I would also been a Grand Master. But I selected Physics to concentrate.'' UNI

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