Sachin Tendulkar was an unsuccessful chess player

Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-getter in Test and One-Day International cricket PTI

Mumbai: Aug 2, 2012

He is one of the greatest batsmen in cricketing history having amassed more runs than anybody in Test and one-dayers, but Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday confessed that he has been quite unsuccessful at the game of chess.

“Chess was very much played at our house. I played a lot of chess with my brother, but without much good result. I enjoyed playing,” Tendulkar said at an event organised by All India Chess Federation for the Blind.

“Chess started in my family with my uncle. He also wrote a book on chess and was part of the Chess Federation,” the ace batsman said.

He revealed that his 13-year old son initially preferred chess over cricket and also took classes for it.

“A few years ago, my son also started playing chess. He became quite serious about the game and we enrolled him in a chess class. If any of my friends or visitors came to me for whatever work, Arjun would make them play a game of chess with him first and then allow them to do whatever work they had with me.

“He was in full flow but you know how kids like to keep changing their likes and dislikes. He moved from chess to WWE and later to football and cricket,” the proud father said. (PTI)