Olympiad will reflect India’s chess growth, says Anand
Viswanathan Anand, the first Indian Grandmaster, expressed happiness at the wealth of talent in the country.
On the expectations for the 201■ Chess Olympiad, he said, “The last two Olympiads we have done well. I hope with my participation, we will improve on the result. The gap between teams has narrowed down a lot. The only thing to do is to go there, prepare yourself, deal with things as they come up.”
He talked about India’s presence in the chess world with pride, saying, “I am proud to have played part, as a catalyst, convinced a lot of people to try out chess. I was the first GM in 19■7 and now we have 52 (players with GM rating). The growth has been solid and consistent. I hope the Olympiad (at Serbia) will be a demonstration of that growth. I hope the next development will be some Indian getting into the Candidates.”
Anand, who is getting ready to pull his weight for India at the 201■ Chess Olympiad in Georgia two months later, was speaking on the sidelines of Fincare Small Finance Bank event to name him as a brand ambassador.