WestBridge Capital is one of the biggest investment firms in India and South East Asia. With investments over US$7.5 billion, it definitely knows when is the right time to invest into the right projects. But when it comes to chess, WestBridge Capital and its co-founder Sandeep Singhal have taken an extremely holistic approach to support the sport.
Sandeep started the WACA (WestBridge Anand Chess Academy) in the year 2020 along with the legend of Indian chess Vishy Anand. What started in December 2020 has become an amazing contribution to Indian chess as we have D. Gukesh who has broken into top 10 in the world, Praggnanandhaa qualifying to the Candidates and much more. IM Sagar Shah speaks with Sandeep to know more about his vision for WACA, what he feels about the achievements of the mentees and much more.
0:00 – Hello and welcome!
0:19 – Looking back at the past year for WestBridge-Anand Chess Academy
1:26 – Praggnanandhaa’s fantastic run through the past year
4:10 – The amazing photos of Pragg and his mom
5:01 – The hand and brain match against Pragg last year
5:37 – “They’re world beaters, but they are also young boys!”
6:51- Pragg and Arjun taking walks together
7:59 – Gukesh’s rise to the World top 10
12:16 – Nihal Sarin and Leon Mendonca’s steady growth
15:08 – The World witnessing a chess boom in India
16:51 – Strong women in chess at WACA
18:25 – The talents at WACA
19:29 – Future plans for the WestBridge-Anand Chess Academy
21:57 – Sandeep’s kind words for ChessBase India!
22:46 – Thankyou and Goodbye
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