Mumbai, Aug 3: Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, a legend in the game of cricket, has been an epitome of success in his favourite game, cricket, has confessed that he has been quite unsuccessful at playing chess on the side lines of an event at Mumbai on Friday.
Tendulkar sharing his childhood experience, quoted that he was very bad at playing chess as he never learnt the nuances of winning, but enjoyed playing 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.
Though Sachin's family was interested in playing Chess, the legendary cricketer also revealed that his son Arjun, initially wanted to take up chess who also attended a few classes related to the game.
"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.
But the proud dad said that since kids keep changing their likes and dislikes, Arjun's interest in chess also deviated as he started focusing on WWE and finally cricket.
"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," said Tendulkar.
Tendulkar praised the efforts of the All India Chess Federation for the Blind for organising the Chess Olympiad for the visually impaired which is scheduled to be held in Chennai from August 9.
The legendary cricketer also advised children to take up the sport as they had great role models to inspire them.
25 international masters, 5 international women masters and 120 World Chess Federation rated players from across 30 countries are participating in the Chess Olympiad, that is scheduled to begin on August 9 in Chennai.
While the general secretary of All India Chess Federation for the Blind also added that India, being a non-European nation is hosting the event for the first time, but was disappointed since there was no recognition for the players from the government, as they are not given the status of a sportsman.