Some of Wall Street's biggest names are focused on India this week, but it's not the country's current account deficit that's catching their attention. It's a chess tournament—one of the most highly anticipated in decades.
Harvard professor and author of "This Time Is Different" Ken Rogoff, financier Chris Flowers and hedge fund manager Doug Hirsch of Seneca Capital, just to name a few, are all chess aficionados and focused on the World Chess Championship 2013, the first game of which takes place on Saturday in Chennai, India.
Reigning champion Viswanathan Anand, age 43, faces off against 22-year-old upstart Magnus Carlsen of Norway—nicknamed the "Mozart of Chess" because of his meteoric rise at such a young age.
"Many people regard the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen as the greatest chess talent to come along since perhaps Bobby Fischer," Rogoff told CNBC.