Aamir Khan takes on Viswanathan Anand during MCL event


Aamir Khan’s passion for chess was revealed during Maharashtra Chess League (MCL) when he takes on Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand. The game was introduced to him by his grandmother when he was just six and for the first time, he got a unique chance to play the game with none other than Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand. On Friday night, the 50-year-old got the golden chance to take on Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand. Aamir Khan fell flat in 10-15  minutes but he enjoyed playing it.

During the occasion, Aamir revealed his love for the game and how he used to play chess on the set, “I am an amateur chess player. Whenever I get time during the breaks on sets, I play…there are several good chess players…Shammi uncle (Shammi Kapoor), Paresh Rawal plays well and so is Ashutosh Gowarikar…and also Katrina (Kaif)…she is a good player,” the Lagaan star said. 

“I was very excited to have got a chance to play with Vishwanathan Anand,” said the veteran star.   Aamir takes on Anand during the launch of 3rd edition of Maharashtra Chess League (MCL). Six teams were auctioned viz., Mumbai Movers, Pune Attackers, Jalgaon Battlers, Ahmednagar Checkers, Pune Tru Masters, and Thane Combatants, and had a bid amount of Rs 400,000 per team. “It is important that intelligent games like this be promoted intelligently,” said Khan, who has the knack for solving Rubik’s cube within seconds.

“Children exposed to chess at an early age tend to be good  in academics too as they are intelligent, acquire analytical  and critical thinking abilities,” said the Grandmaster and former world chess champion.

In the auction of MCL, Mumbai Movers gets Grandmaster Koneru Humpy of Andhra Pradesh for Rs1,52,000. Pune Attackers acquired international master Padmini Rout of Orissa for Rs1,50,000. Jalgaon Battlers booked Grandmaster Vidhit Gujarati for Rs1,32,000.