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  • A Forbes India exclusive about what Viswanathan Anand can teach us about winning

    Published on July 21, 2010

    World chess champion Viswanathan Anand broke into the international circuit nearly three decades ago as a child prodigy. Today, at age 40, he is still playing at top form. The longevity and resilience of his career are an inspiring lesson for all those building organisations or even their own careers. In the latest issue of Forbes India Anand tells readers how he handles success and failure, how he comes back from poor form, how he builds his team and how he became unbeatable in the highest echelons of chess.

    Summaries of Other Key Stories in the Issue
    The Firm
    Who do stalwarts like P. Chidambaram, Mukesh Ambani, K.V. Kamath and Nandan Nilekani consider it a privilege to be associated with? It is India’s largest law firm, Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co., run by two of the brightest minds in Indian law, Shardul and Cyril Shroff. It is easily the No. 1 choice of corporate India when it comes to legal affairs. But like all successful family firms, Amarchand too faces issues like sibling rivalry and the need to professionalise operations. The brothers embark on an all-new approach to take the firm to the 21st Century.

    Breaking the Golden Handcuffs
    Titan Industries floundered in darkness for over a decade and was almost shut down by the Tata group. Bhaskar Bhat convinced the board of directors to back his plans and turned the company around. He and his team has over the past ten years created a revolutionary story for the Titan brand through path-breaking tactics. Now, he has to expand the company at a time when other organized players are entering the jewelry market.

    Quotable Quotes from the Cover Story
    “Generally the worst problems happen to me when I go (to tournaments) blissfully unaware of everything. When everything is going right then you should feel worried because it is perhaps a sign” Vishwanathan Anand, World Champion and Grandmaster

    You can’t fool yourself. If you don’t have self belief, then you could have the best preparation in the world, but there will always come a moment when you hesitate, you make the second best move, you make a move where the risk is lower and you slowly lose space. Vishwanathan Anand, World Champion and Grandmaster