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Chess – A metaphor for ‘Life'

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 16/05/2016

Most of you must have heard of TED talk, haven't you? The Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, organised an independent TEDx talk recently. Amongst the speakers who delivered the talk was GM Pravin Thipsay himself. In a captivating talk in which Pravin Thipsay draws parallels in Chess and in the game of life. Check it out. 

Chess – A metaphor for ‘Life'

Most of you must have heard of TED talk, haven't you? TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment, and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

GM Pravin Thipsay has been a luminary in Indian chess. Is a Mumbai-based trainer and leading figure in Indian chess for the bygone three decades. 

 

Pravin Mahadeo Thipsay has won the Indian Chess Championship seven times and received many laurels for the same as well, including the esteemed Arjuna Award from the Government of India and the Dadoji Kondeo Award from the Government of Maharashtra. At his peak in 1981, Thipsay had an impressive ranking of 141 in the world and was eventually awarded the grandmaster title in 1997. 

 

The Indian Institute of Management Shillong organised an independent TEDx talk recently. Amongst the speakers who delivered the talk was GM Pravin Thipsay himself. In a captivating talk in which Pravin Thipsay draws parallels in Chess and in the game of life. He talks about principles of warfare and corporate strategy where conflict is ubiquitous. He draws various examples from Chess – of legends and of legendary matches, from various other sports and from world history to bring the point that in order to unlock one's potential it is essential to bring in confluence the various conflicts life throws at us.

 ChessBase India thank Thipsay for his enlighting talk.

On a parting note we would like to leave you with a very nice knight vs pawn endgame position composed by Pravin Thipsay: 

Composition by Pravin Thipsay

The h-pawns look scary but White can stop them. It is White to play and draw.
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