Today is the fifth day of the 20th edition of HTLS 2022. Many sports personalities have also participated in this summit which started from 8th November. After Sachin and Lara, Vishwanathan Anand has spoken about the future and players of chess in India. The king of the chess world, Vishwanathan Anand, has won the title of world champion in chess five times in the year 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012. Five-time World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand and India’s youngest Grandmaster D Gukesh interacted with senior sports journalist Sharda Ugra on a range of issues related to chess. Vishwanathan Anand is the first sportsperson to be awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 1991 and Padma Vibhushan in 2007.
Gukesh: Anand sir was my idol and that was the reason I got into chess. I was very happy to talk about chess with him and with the other coaches. People like Guayawski were also there so I was very excited. I really can’t tell how much I learned from all the classes there.”
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Gukesh told what it would have been like to play in Anand’s early years?
Gukesh: It was different from the present generation. The way he analyzed the game – everything was very different. It is great to learn from the engines but I am curious to know how it would have been for me to play in Wishy sir’s generation.”
Anand: Anand admitted that today’s players have more facilities than the early years of his career but he misses those days. He feels that he will not change anything as it is not like the current players have any real advantage as their competitors have similar facilities.
Anand: 50 years ago classical games were far better. When you won in that format you were considered a world champion. Blitz played casually. It was unfortunate for me that I dominated fast chess and some blitz. But at that time there was an official rating for Rapid. Now counting dozens of records in the last 10 years I lived in the pre-record era. As people became familiar with it, rapid chess reached the equivalent of classic chess. There is still a gap. You must have an open mind with the formats, play whatever the audience wants to see. If you make a good quality game, great. The main thing is to show your skills.
On the future of Chess in India, Anand said – there is a wave. Many people play chess and follow it. The Internet has made chess easy for everyone. Right now, chess has grown well in India and the important thing is that we have a golden generation. Gukesh has a peak rating of 16 and is still in the top-25. Arjun is 1-2 points behind. Nihal Sarin reached the finals of an online global event. Pragyananand has defeated Magnus 5 times this year.