KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Asean Para Games chess squad got tips from Russian chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov ahead of next month's Para Games.
The 66-year-old former world chess champion visited the Malaysia Paralympic Sports Excellence Centre here on Thursday.
"Talent is not enough. You have to work a lot. You have to be very patient.
"To achieve success you must control yourself and be calm and quiet even if in very difficult situations.
"Even if you are in a winning position, don't take it easy because it is not so easy to win," he said, stressing the importance of total concentration.
In facing a higher-ranked or stronger opponent, the 12th world champion advised players to simply not think about their opponents and just focus on their game.
Karpov also said he would not do last-minute preparations for competitions in order to maintain a stable and calm mind.
"That's why during competitions, I didn't read newspapers. I didn't watch television. I only watched movies which I liked but no news - nothing which could destroy my concentration," he said.
In the session, the floor was open to questions from the audience which tended to lean towards the technical aspects of playing the game, including play styles.
Karpov stressed the importance of analysing previous games of grandmasters.
After the session ended, fans, both young and old, rushed to get a picture with or autograph from the grandmaster.
The Malaysian Asean Para Games chess squad are currently in the final leg of their preparations for the 9th Asean Games which will be held from Sept 17 to 23.
Karpov was declared official world champion in 1975 after reigning world champion Bobby Fischer refused to defend his title against Karpov when an agreement could not be reached with the World Chess Federation (FIDE).
He lost his world championship in 1985 when he was defeated by Garry Kasparov.
Karpov became world champion again in 1993 after Kasparov broke away from FIDE, holding the title until 1999 when he resigned from his title in protest against FIDE's new world championship rules.