Vastavam web: Chess legend Viswanathan Anand has authored an inspirational book where he looks back on his experience to share lessons on how to navigate life. In “Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life” (as told to journalist Susan Ninan), Anand revisits his greatest games and worst losses, his unique experiences of playing against the best minds, and the methods he employs to prepare for wins, cope with disappointments and, simply, stay in the game.
The book, published by Hachette India, is releasing on December 11. Currently playing in the Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, India’s first grandmaster and five-time world champion said this book has been an interesting journey.
“I have memories of the major events in my career and life, but when you put them down on paper, you suddenly have to organise your thoughts and are forced to think through them in detail. It allowed me to rediscover many interesting stories and incidents,” he said.
“Above all, it made me realise that during my greatest accomplishments failure was never far away, and in the lowest moments there were always things that lifted me up. Rather than just making this about my story, I’ve tried to distil in this book some of the lessons I learnt, the strategies that helped me perform better and tackle life as it happened,” he added.