The Right Moves

India Today - - MAIL -

If In­dia is buoyed by the fact that it can boast of a host of grand­mas­ters and in­ter­na­tional mas­ters, in­clud­ing women grand­mas­ters who are mak­ing very no­tice­able waves in the world of chess to­day, it is thanks to Viswanathan Anand (“The Black Knight Rises”, Oc­to­ber 7). Anand did the na­tion proud by win­ning the in­ter­na­tional chess cham­pi­onship five times at a time when In­dia was far­ing mis­er­ably in in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events like the Olympics. What is heart­en­ing is that Anand is not merely rest­ing on his laurels but is in­spir­ing and mag­nan­i­mously coach­ing and pro­mot­ing young chess en­thu­si­asts to re­alise their dreams of be­com­ing grand­mas­ters. N. VI­JA­YARAGHA­VAN., via email It is great to see Viswanathan Anand get­ting the ap­pre­ci­a­tion and recog­ni­tion that he de­serves. Anand has been the pi­o­neer be­hind the chess rev­o­lu­tion in the coun­try. As chess in­volves brain power, Anand has rightly iden­ti­fied the fact that In­dia has huge po­ten­tial which can be tapped to the fullest by woo­ing young­sters into the game of chess. If chess gets its due and young en­thu­si­asts are groomed in the right way, In­dia can be­come the home to many more Viswanathan Anands in the years to come. SON­ALI BASU, Dur­ga­pur

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