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Grand Master Pravin Thipsay addresses students of Great Lakes Institute of Management

Thipsay delved on the managerial lessons from the game of Chess as part of the Beyond Business Talk Series


With Chennai playing host to the 44th Chess Olympiad, Grand Master Pravin Thipsay, head of the Indian Contingent for the Olympiad, addressed the students of Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai on Managerial Lessons from the Game of Chess. The lecture was part of the Beyond Business – Talk Series organised by the institute at their campus on 4th August.

Mr. Thipsay, an Arjuna Awardee enlightened the students on the management lessons drawn from the game of chess. “We play chess in our daily life. The game is a gymnasium of the brain,” he said while comparing the chess player to an artist.”


The art of playing chess, Mr. Thipsay said, reforms one’s personality as it is a logic-based game. He highlighted that the game helps a person to think independently, prioritise, choose, and develop inquisitiveness. 

“Inquisitiveness is crucial in knowing the game,” he said while sharing his journey in identifying his passion in the game of chess.  “After a move, we must always anticipate the opponent’s thought process. We should analyse the problems and identify solutions for the same,” he added.


Mr. Thipsay elaborated upon how chess proved to be a medical remedy for hyper-active children and those suffering other brain related disorders like Alzheimers. “In both life and in chess, one must develop clarity of mind and a clear thought process,” he explained.


Thipsay also had a candid interactive session with the students and answered several of their questions.


About Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai:

Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai founded in 2004 by Padma Shri Awardee Dr. Bala V Balachandran is one of the premier B-schools in India. Great Lakes has, within a short span of 17 years, emerged as a top-ranked business school. Great Lakes has 50+ full time faculty and 150+ visiting faculty including over 25+ international faculty from top global schools like Yale, Kellogg, Stanford, and Harvard. Further collaborations with world’s leading institutions like Cornell University, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, University of Bordeaux, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), and Babson College etc., have helped Great Lakes in globally benchmarking its programs. Great Lakes, Chennai, was accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA), UK in 2014 and became the youngest B-school in India to receive this prestigious international accreditation. In 2015, Great Lakes, Chennai also received international SAQS accreditation and in 2017, its two-year PGDM program was accredited by National Board of Accreditation (NBA). For the years 2019 -20, Great Lakes was ranked No.1 in India by Analytics India for its Analytics program. Great Lakes, Chennai was ranked 3rd by Outlook India among top private MBA institutions, 9th by Business India, and 9th by Business World and featured in Super League 2 by Business Standard. Led by exceptional academic faculty, steered by an outstanding advisory council, and buoyed by international collaborations, Great Lakes has been constantly innovating to stay ahead of the needs of our businesses and community. It is the first B-school in India to offer full time specialization in Analytics and first to introduce AI and Machine Learning specialization.  Great Lakes has a 30-acre LEED Platinum rated green campus in Chennai and a second campus in Delhi-NCR. In the year 2019, Great Lakes Gurgaon campus received the prestigious AMBA accreditation and was also ranked among the top 5 emerging business schools by the National HRD Network (NHRDN) for the year 2018-2019. Great Lakes Gurgaon was also ranked 13th by Business World for its one-year program in the year 2019. Great Lakes offers One Year full time MBA (PGPM) for experienced professionals, Two-year MBA (PGDM), Part Time Executive MBA for senior managers, and Weekend Executive MBA Program. Great Lakes alumni currently numbering 9800+, work at world renowned organizations both in India and overseas across 33 countries.

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