In the heart of Mumbai, a unique and unforgettable evening took place at The Quarry CO:LAB, creating lasting impressions for both chess enthusiasts and art lovers. "Best of the Best" series, featuring the exceptional Mountain King chessboard designed by Prof. Tomaso, graced by the presence of the legendary Mr. Viswanathan Anand, was a magnificent showcase of talent and artistry.
Mr. Viswanathan Anand's arrival set the evening in motion, greeted with enthusiasm. He received a personalised tour of The Quarry Gallery and The Quarry CO:LAB by the gracious host, Mr. Rupesh Shinde, accompanied by Prof. Tomaso. This intimate setting brought together the worlds of design and chess uniquely.
As the evening progressed, the gallery buzzed with arriving guests eager to witness the events unfolding. An exquisite dinner and fine wines set the stage for cultural indulgence, accompanied by acoustic music, enhancing the ambience.
The evening's most striking moment came unexpectedly when Mr. Rupesh Shinde, Prof. Tomaso, and Mr. Anand spontaneously made their way into the spotlight, leaving a lasting impression on everyone present. Mr. Shinde graciously greeted everyone present and proceeded to introduce the esteemed guests, setting the stage for an unforgettable event.
Professor Tomaso, known for his unforgettable designs, created The Mountain King chessboard, a remarkable work that amazed everyone. This chessboard, blending inspiration with Italian craftsmanship, represents both precision and artistic skill. His father's frequent play and his own good ability, combined with his keen design sense, enabled him to explore various aspects of the game.
The Mountain King chessboard, envisioned by Prof. Tomaso Schiaffino and inspired by the majestic Lasa mountains, is a testament to extraordinary craftsmanship. Crafted with exquisite natural stones curated by The Quarry, it features pristine white Laas and regal black Nero Perla marble. This Italian-made masterpiece weighs 15.9 kilograms, showcasing meticulous attention to detail and exceptional quality.
The grand unveiling of this chessboard marks a significant moment. It's the first time this stunning creation is presented to the world, highlighting both the remarkable materials used and the skilled assembly by Prof. Tomaso and Mr. Viswanathan Anand himself. This event celebrates the fusion of the best of the best, culminating in a chessboard that's purely a work of art.
Following this, an engaging Q&A session with Mr. Anand captivated the audience. He shared insights into his remarkable journey, the challenges faced during tournaments, and the balance between chess and personal life. The discussion also touched upon technology's influence on the game, shedding light on chess's evolving landscape in the digital age.
Throughout the evening, the sumptuous dinner continued to delight the guests. The confluence of art, intellect, and inspiration created an unforgettable experience.
The evening was a splendid affair, combining chess and engaging dialogue, which left the guests with an enriched understanding and admiration for the game, the arts, and the unyielding spirit of Mr. Anand. This exceptional event highlighted the importance of tradition, creativity, and personal determination in both the world of chess and artistic expression. For those interested in experiencing this unique blend of culture and craftsmanship, The Mountain King chessboard, a one-of-a-kind creation, is exclusively showcased at The Quarry CO:LAB. Visitors are encouraged to book an appointment to witness this extraordinary piece firsthand and immerse themselves in its intricate beauty and the fascinating story behind its creation.