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Nikhil Kamath, who was applauded by the people of India after he became the youngest billionaire in the country and entered Forbes’ list of 100 richest Indian people, has seen a massive drop in his fan-following after he was banned for cheating against Indian chess legend Viswanathan Anand during a charity event.
In a charity event to raise money for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in India, Chess.com had made arrangements for the country’s biggest names from all various sectors to play against the Indian Grandmaster, and based on the reports shared by the organisation, the event was a big success.
Massive THANK YOU to everyone for making this event a grand success! 🏻
We are glad to share that we managed to raise more than 10 Lakhs from this event! @AkshayaPatra
— Chess.com – India (@chesscom_in) June 13, 2021
Unfortunately, a big asterisk has been put on the game between Anand and Kamath in which the latter, according to his own acknowledgment, had used the help of computers and other people who were analysing the game on his behalf as he went on to beat the legend with a 99% accuracy in his game.
Upon further investigation, Chess.com ended up banning Kamath’s account for “using unfair means” and violating “Fair Play” regulations and even issued a statement addressing what had happened and why it happened in the first place.
— Chess.com – India (@chesscom_in) June 14, 2021
After noticing some significant backlash online, Kamath ended up making an apology (sort of) while trying to normalise what he had done. While the tone of his apology felt extremely casual to many of the fans of the game, another thing that ticked off the followers was the fact that the billionaire did not care enough to check whether he had spelled the name of the person he was apologising to correctly or not.
“Yesterday was one of those days that I had dreamt of when I was a really young kid learning chess, to interact with Vishwanath Anand. Got the opportunity thanks to Akshaypatra and their idea of raising funds for charity conducting a bunch of chess games with Vishy. It is ridiculous that so many are thinking that I really beat Vishy in a chess game, that is almost like me waking up and winning a 100mt race with Usain Bolt,” Kamath said in a statement.
It is ridiculous that so many are thinking that I really beat Vishy sir in a chess game, that is almost like me waking up and winning a 100mt race with Usain Bolt. pic.twitter.com/UoazhNiAZV
— Nikhil Kamath (@nikhilkamathcio) June 14, 2021
“I had help from the people analyzing the game, computers, and the graciousness of Anand sir himself to treat the game as a learning experience. This was for fun and charity. In hindsight, it was quite silly as I didn’t realise all the confusion that can get caused due to this. Apologies,” he added.
What should have been a damage-control process, ended up creating a few more troubles for the 34-year-old:
The least that a person ‘apologising’ can do is to spell Viswanathan Anand’s name correctly.
— Venky Srinivasan (@venkyQM) June 14, 2021
Exactly.. his apology is as much fake as his game.. he is just trying to be funny with that apology. Just a shameless person he is. I wonder how his company treat his customers and employees
— ︎ ︎NoOne (@FascistTwitttrr) June 14, 2021
Nikhil Kamath didn’t even spell Vishy sir’s name right in his apology
— Bubli Gupta (@GuptaBubli) June 14, 2021
That PoS Nikhil Kamath didn’t even spell Vishy sir’s name correctly, and had balls to not apologize properly. Bhai, isse achcha toh Kunal Shah hai, useless hai but less of a moron. Cannot even apologize properly! Asswipe.
— hooman (@foodonmymind) June 14, 2021