Sporting Life

Perfect time for casual chess fans to make a move

In a photo from March 11, 2017, five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand plays an exhibition match against students at the Overseas Family School. PHOTO: ST FILE
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Footballers see spaces before they open. Divers visualise their aerial art before they launch themselves. In the head of athletes, beautiful things are constructed. Like in The Queen's Gambit, the hit Netflix mini-series where Beth Harmon looks at the ceiling and plots her way through a game on an imaginary upside-down board.

Fantastic, huh? No, actually rather basic for chess players.

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