All Set For Chess Prodigy Raghav Srivathsav To Create Chess Record

An extraordinary feat of mental excellence will be performed by chess prodigy Raghav Srivathsav. He will make an effort to set up five new world marks for the Limca Book of Records at the Novotel Hotel, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on Saturday (24th April’10) at 4.30 p.m.

In round one, a panel consisting of Grand Masters Pravin Thipsay, Sriram Jha and S. Vijayalakshmi along with referee V.V.R. Murthy, Assistant Editor, Limca Book of Records, would select one of 24 chosen games which were played by world champions Vishwanathan Anand, Paul Morphy, Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov and Alexander Alekhine. Raghav Srivathsav will then list from memory all the moves of that selected contest from opening to end.

For the subsequent four rounds, Raghav, a 12 year old boy will be blind-folded. He will then play five from the other 23 games from start to finish.

In round three, the chess whiz kid with an ELO grade of 1622, will play the same games reverse, from conclusion to starting.

In round four, the 2008 Colombo Asian School chess silver-medalist, Raghav Srivathsav will play with an opponent, depending on oral interpretation of his rival’s moves, from starting to end. In the completion session, he will play both his own and his opponents moves, but in reverse.

(Source: The Hindu)