Being an older chap I find it hard to think of India as a great chess nation. Back in my day they had only one International Master, Manuel Aaron, who was their leading player for many years, but in the last few weeks in Australia a player from India has just won the Sydney International Open in a very strong field containing grandmasters from around the world.
The best Indian player of all of course is Vishy Anand, the world champion. Apparently he owes his success to solving chess puzzles as he stated “I started when I was six. My mother taught me how to play. In fact, my mother used to do a lot for my chess. We moved to the Philippines shortly afterward. I joined the club in India and we moved to the Philippines for a year. And there they had a TV program that was on in the afternoon, one to two or something like that, when I was in school. So she would write down all the games that they showed and the puzzles, and in the evening we solved them together.”
In today’s position Anand uses his puzzle solving skills to good effect to finish off the strong Russian GM Lev Polugaevsky (Monte Carlo 1993). Can you find his winning line?
[fen caption="Black to Play and Win"]8/1r3k2/6p1/p4bP1/8/B7/P2qp3/K1R3Q1 b KQ – 0 1[/fen]