Reports | June 28, 2012 8:41

A 44-minute talk by the World Champion on decision making

Vishy Anand during his Accenture lecture in Madrid

On June 12th, Vishy Anand gave a lecture on decision making in Madrid, which as part of a conference organized by Accenture. The lecture lasted 44 minutes and was posted in full at YouTube.

Vishy Anand during his Accenture lecture in Madrid | Photo Accenture España

On June 12th, Accenture, the largest consulting firm in the world, organized the conference Return on Analytics in the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid. More than 200 invited guests filled in the auditorium to attend the meeting that launched "Accenture Analytics", a new unit of Accenture which is dedicated to the creation of value through analytical intelligence in business processes.

One of the speakers was Vishy Anand. His lecture "Analysis to anticipate the future and make the best decisions" touched upon topics like pattern recognition, decision making, the role of computers and the different strategies he used in his World Championship matches. Here's the lecture (44 minutes):

The start of the lecture goes:

Chess players easily remember ideas and patterns taken from millions of games, and this is normally a skill that is transferable, but with some training. I remember once I was in Switzerland and my wife told me, “I put some of your stuff in the safe. The code is very easy to remember. It’s 2706. So you can take whatever you need.” And I told her, “Well, 2706 is not really a good Elo rating. Normally it’s rounded off to the nearest 5 or 10”, so I told her I couldn’t see how I could remember that. She looked a bit shocked and then she explained to me that the 27th June is our anniversary. So you can see that we’re very good in patterns in chess but we can be challenged in other areas.

Thanks to Colin McGourty, who posted a lengthy transcription of the lecture here at WhyChess.

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Lee's picture

Thanks for posting this. I took two things away after watching this.

Firstly, it was a somewhat rambling lecture, but was even so, utterly fascinating. Very entertaining and well worth watching.

Secondly, watching Anand in action at the podium made me realise how lucky we are to have such a personable and effective communicator as World Champion.

The list of world class chess players who could provide something of similar quality with an easy going delivery would be very short indeed.

MK's picture

LOL@the subtitles!

While Anand's south Indian accent may be tough to understand for non-Indians, the subtitler guy seems to have deliberately tried to make his subtitles funny ...;o)

Janis Nisii's picture

MK, this is not a guy, I'm pretty sure that the subtitles have been generated by some kind of software. Its mistakes are too absurd for a human being ;)

Roger's picture

Guys! It seems like a new app from youtube. I can see this strange thing on all videos.

Roger's picture

MK..He has a sort of neutral accent. As far as me,his accent is better than any English speaker I have listened to. I can listen to him over and over again. You just made fun of yourself..subtitles are youtube's new discovery !!

Anonymous's picture

Yeah, the cc (automatic captions) are hilarious!

05:31 "and this enables us do vote in brussels even an unfamiliar situations ... now the rectal kinds of patterns that you learn ..."

Someone who has met the World Champion.'s picture

Anand is a very very intelligent guy - all round. When he graduated from high school, he got admission in both a prestigious medical school and also an engineering school. He also got a perfect score in Mathematics school final exam, after being able to attend very little of school at that time (he won the World Junior Championship during that time).
If he had focussed on academics alone, like his first cousin that I know, he would have studied at IIT, MIT, and Stanford (MBA) and probably also be the head of his own successful business, like her.
And this is only a part of Anand. It is this genius that is being translated into Chess - a part of it!

Janis Nisii's picture

Found some time to finally watch this video. It's extremelly interesting to me.
I've asked questions about these topics to virtually every single player (including top players, and Anand included) that I've interviewed for magazines, and I was very curious and interested in many of the aspects he discloses in this speech. Even if it's long I advise every chess enthusiast to listen to it. (Just turn off the subtitles, please!)

Janis Nisii's picture

Found some time to finally watch this video. It's extremelly interesting to me.
I've asked questions about these topics to virtually every single player (including top players, and Anand included) that I've interviewed for magazines, and I was very curious and interested in many of the aspects he discloses in this speech. Even if it's long I advise every chess enthusiast to listen to it. (Just turn off the subtitles, please!)

B L's picture

27th June is my birthday :)

Chess Fan's picture

Happy Birthday B L.

gelfand's picture

when is Anand playing his next tournament

Stephen's picture

are you after revenge ?

craig's picture

he will play in kings tournament

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