Olympiad will re­flect In­dia’s chess growth, says Anand

Sportstar - - INDIAN PLAYGROUND -

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.

NAN­DAKU­MAR MARAR

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