Why super stars will always remain ahead of us

Exhibit A: Sachin Tendulkar

Dalbir Singh, who was Sachin’s room-mate when they were 15 years old, is grievously hurt in a 2002 motorcycle accident with a tanker. He suffers multiple brain injuries and is in coma for eight months. His “tormenting wife” allegedly keeps him locked up in a tiny room for a year before he is rescued by police.

Sachin hears of Dalbir’s plight, gets in touch with him and refers him to his orthopaedic, Anant Joshi, for hip surgery. Sachin visits the hospital (in picture), spends time with him, and picks up the bill.


Exhibit B: Garry Kasparov, Vladmir Kramnik, Magnus Carlsen

For Vishwanathan Anand‘s chess title defence, Kasparov, who beat him in 1995, and Karmnik, whom he defeated in 2008, “connect, consult and conspire” for the downfall of Veselin Topalov.

Topalov had been using a 112-core computer cluster (Blue Gene/P) working at super speed and spent close to 100, 000 euros to secure it. Anand, on the other hand, had just 4 to 8 core computers but his human cluster comprising of Kasparov (in picture), Kramnik and Carlsen proved that there is nothing to match the human angle. The man responsible for bringing Vishy, Vlady and Garry together was Frederic Friedel of ChessBase.”

Photographs: courtesy Mid-Day (top), and ChessBase