Game Of Thrones: Chess With Viswanathan Anand

Anand prepares to defend his world chess title against Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen in the game’s biggest confrontation for more than a decade. Anand was no slouch himself in youth — Indian champion at 16, a grandmaster three years later. Carlsen, 22, is barely half Anand’s age; fitter and hungrier, but by the same token more easily caught off guard. “It needs to be a mess. He needs to get Magnus into a brawl” (2,270 words)

Caught Out: The Scandals Of Indian Cricket

Indian Premier League cricket mixes big money, glamour, and national pride. Trouble is, the money is winning. Illegal gambling rings are corrupting players and managers. “The system is run by a handful of larger syndicates, who work with small teams of freelance bookies. Any tip is useful, from team line-ups to pitch conditions. But the better the information, the better the return, hence gamblers increasingly seeking to bribe cricketers directly” (3,200 words)

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