''I am very glad, and grateful to Garry Kimovich…''
Anish' impression on a tête-à-tête with Garry Kasparov

Recently, I had a wonderful opportunity to meet the legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov. A brief meeting in Germany (Garry Kimovich was on his way to the European Parliament in Strasbourg) had been arranged and I had a golden chance to hear what one of the strongest chess players ever had to say about my chess.

I was rather flattered with the fact that Garry Kimovich had carefully gone through most of my games and gave his feedback on the most interesting ones. Some unnoticed resources emerged; moreover, he highlighted my strengths and weaknesses, something that will certainly be useful for me in my future chess career.

It was also a great feeling to be able to analyze some fascinating positions with Garry Kimovich, and I was amazed to see how quickly he generates ideas, even after quitting competitive chess and not playing for so many years. The insights of Garry Kimovich into chess as a whole, matters related to it in one way or another, and even our informal conversations during supper will certainly be of great help.

On the whole, I am very glad, and grateful to Garry Kimovich for his kind willingness to arrange a slot in his hectic schedule for this tête-à-tête.

Last but not least, I am thankful to my supporters, namely Managementboek and Simonis & Buunk as well as our friend Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, who helped us to make this meeting possible and I hope for more opportunities in the days to come!