In 2012 Vishy Anand won his World Championship against Boris Gelfand in Moscow. The next day both the champion and his rival went to meet the Russian President Vladimir Putin. In their conversations, Vishy mentioned that he learnt chess at a Soviet Cultural Center called the Tal Chess Club. “So, we brought this upon ourselves,” replied Putin!
IM Manuel Aaron shares about the history of the Tal Chess Club in a detailed interview by Sagar Shah from Chessbase India