Chess Olympiad-2022 organized for the first time in India’s hosting
Anand said that in recent times he has reduced his commitments
Viswanathan Anand said – I do not play wherever the tournament is organized
Chennai. India’s great chess player and 5-time world champion Viswanathan Anand is happy to be an ‘spirited guide’. He did not think of reconsidering his decision to never play in this tournament despite handing over the hosting of the Chess Olympiad from Russia to Chennai.
52 years old Viswanathan Anand decided not to participate in the tournament this time and he is guiding the Indian team in this prestigious tournament to be held in Mamallapuram from 28 July to 10 August. When asked if he thought of reconsidering his decision not to play in the Olympiad, he said, “No… I didn’t.” Wherever the tournament was organized, I do not play in it. In recent times, I have reduced my commitments.
“I was not trying to qualify during the World Championship cycle. I never thought of changing my mind. India now has so many great young players. Then why do we keep coming back again and again and playing? I hope they do very well.
Anand said, ‘I will try to be there, if they want to consult with me. Anyway, I am in constant touch with some of the team members. Yes, I am an enthusiastic guide. On his role as a guide, the Grandmaster of India’s initiative said, ‘I think the main thing is to remind them not to feel pressured. It is good to play in India. Taking pressure off yourself is not going to help.
Anand, who has coached youngsters like R Pragyanananda, D Gukesh and Arjun Arigesi, said he is enjoying the role of coaching. Anand said that organizing a big competition like Olympiad will have a positive impact on chess in India.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 28, 2022, 06:56 IST