World Champion Viswanathan Anand
This is announcement of a pending visit to Africa by World Champion Viswanathan Anand. This may mark the first time a World Champion has traveled to the continent. Botswana has previously hosted GM Judit Polgar, one of the strongest players in history… female or otherwise.
Kenneth Boikhutswame told The Chess Drum that the initiative was made possible by the Botswana branch of NIIT, one of Anand’s supporters. He wants to use this opportunity to attract more sponsorship to Botswana chess. The story comes as a pleasant surprise and on the heels of the African Championship and Amon Simutowe conferral of the Grandmaster title.
The Indian became the NIIT Brand Ambassador in 1997. There is clearly great synergy between the world champion of the mind game and the Information Technology education giant, NIIT, demonstrated by the over 12 year relationship.
Mmegi Online, 10 August 2009.
“World Champion comes to Country,”
allafrica.com, 10 August 2009.