Since I was the youngest player, at times I found it difficult to fit in with the older generation. One player went to my father and told him that I didn't have any talent and my playing fast wouldn't take me anywhere. At that time, I remember we were all quite angry, but now when I think of it, I can smile it off.
Anand, of course, spent some of his early years in RP where his father worked as a railway consultant there. While in the Philippines the young future super-GM was apparently quite fond of a TV program called "Chess Today" and even won prizes for solving the show's puzzles. Trivia: who was the host of "Chess Today" and during which years?
I think its Senor Florencio in early 80's.
It was Atty Sammy Estimo and sometimes alternating with him was NM Glen Bordonada. Chess Today was shown on the Government station PTV-4. Am I correct Amiel?
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