Kolkata, New Delhi:How many moves would I last against Viswanathan Anand? Now that's a question many upcoming Chess stars would ask themselves.
But very soon, a revolutionary new technology could help them find the answer in the best possible fashion - by actually playing against India's greatest sportsperson, despite being thousands of miles away!
Budding Chess champions including India's youngest rated player, 8-year-old Harshal Sahi, quite literally 'check-ed' out their skills against the world's best player.
IT firm NIIT's 'Imperia remote classroom technology' gave Viswanathan Anand a chance to play and share his wisdom with kids in six cities across India while seated in Kolkata.
And while many of these rising stars will find it hard to forget what he taught them on Thursday, still others preferred the good old face-to-face interaction.
"Oh, I learnt a lot of things, opening moves, endgame etc. It was a very nice learning experience for me, playing with him here," said a little girl.
Journalists asked him questions and he answered on the computer, that is, virtually.
This unusual press conference was Anand's first public appearance in India after becoming the world number one. It offered journalists across India's big cities a chance to congratulate and ask him about that feat. The Lightning Kid was, as ever, lightning fast with witty repartees.
"Ya, this is the first time I've done a Press Conference like this. Yes, it's a great way to teach people. And this method of doing things virtually should be immensely helpful. Hope I can do something to help reduce global warming this way," said Viswanathan Anand.
Well he certainly has set the Chess world on fire with his exploits over the last couple of years, crossing the magical 2800-ELO rating mark before becoming the world number 1.
And very soon, many more young Indians could start playing with him thanks to this technology; and go on to emulate his feats.