Chess Olympiad: Viswanathan Anand to mentor squad as India establish two groups in open and girls folks’s piece

CHENNAI: Two groups every will signify India within the Delivery and girls folks’s piece on the 44th Chess Olympiad with five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand being named as the hosts’ mentor for the licensed tournament scheduled to be performed from July 28 to August 10.

India being the host are entitled to field two groups every — in Delivery category as well to girls folks’s piece for the critical-time ever.

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It has bolstered the home crew’s medal chances on the 14-day occasion, which is anticipated to note participation of world’s prime names from more than 150 countries.

Vidit Gujrathi, who led India to gold medal within the 2020 Chess Olympiad, held practically about, will likely be section of India’s first crew in open piece alongside Pentala Harikrishna and Chennai-essentially based Krishnan Sasikiran, who hold represented India on a noteworthy possibility of cases.

The 19-one year-outmoded Arjun Erigaisi and SL Narayanan will furthermore be section of the critical crew.

Arjun has been spectacular within the previous one year and will likely be one amongst the avid gamers to appear out for as he makes his debut on the occasion alongside with SL Narayanan, whose strong sort has been very spectacular.

The 2d crew, on the opposite hand, will comprise of younger expertise, who had been making headlines with their constant performances within the final couple of years, including Praggnanandhaa R, Nihal Sarin, Gukesh D and Raunak Sadhwani.

They will likely be making their debuts on the Chess Olympiad. The crew will furthermore hold skilled participant Adhiban B, who used to be a section of the Indian side which gained the bronze medal in 2014.

Within the girls folks’s piece, the critical crew would possibly maybe well well hold the immensely proficient Koneru Humpy and World No 10 Harika Dronavalli, who hold stamped their authority on many world tournaments, and the prolific Tania Sachdev with R Vaishali and Bhakti Kulkarni.

The 2d crew will encompass nationwide champions Soumya Swaminathan, Mary Ann Gomes and Padmini Rout alongside with Vantika Agarwal and 15-one year-outmoded Divya Deshmukh.

Anand, who determined against playing the upcoming Chess Olympiad, will likely be very noteworthy in action as the mentor of the Indian groups.

“I am playing very few events this hide day and after playing many Olympiads, I believed it used to be time for the youthful ones to play. India has many proficient children hold Nihal, Praggnanandhaa, Gukesh, Arjun and a few more,” Anand stated.

Curiously, Praggnanandhaa and Vaishali would possibly maybe be the 2d home of siblings to indicate the country on the same Olympiad after N Saritha and N Sudhakar Babu, who performed in 1988’s version held in Greece.

GM Pravin Thipsay would possibly maybe be the Head of the Delegation. GM Srinath and GM RB Ramesh would possibly maybe be the coach for first crew and 2d crew of open piece respectively.

GM Abhijit Kunte would possibly maybe be the Coach for the Females’s first crew and GM Swapnil Dhopade for the 2d crew.

India gained a bronze medal on the Tromso Chess Olympiad in 2014. While within the two virtual Olympiads, India gained gold jointly with Russia in 2020 and the girls folks’s crew gained bronze in 2021.

“Opportunity to field two groups on the Chess Olympiad opens the door for diverse younger Indian expertise to showcase their game on the supreme stage which otherwise would had been doubtless after a wait of potentially one other couple of years.

“Groups note strong and hold a loyal combination of trip as well to younger expertise and I am assured that they will hold basically the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I wish the total participants the very top success for the occasion and their preparations,” AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan, stated.

The Chess Olympiad used to be moved out of Russia after it invaded Ukraine and used to be awarded to Chennai in March.

Alongside the Olympiad, the 94th FIDE Congress and elections will furthermore be held within the metropolis.

The groups:


India A: Vidit Gujrathi, P Harikrishna, Arjun Erigaisi, S L Narayanan, K Sasikiran.

India B: Nihal Sarin, D Gukesh, B Adhiban, R Praggnanandhaa, Raunak Sadhwani.


India A: Koneru Humpy, D Harika, R Vaishali, Tania Sachdev, Bhakti Kulkarni.

India B : Vantika Agarwal, Soumya Swaminathan, Mary Ann Gomes, Padmini Rout, Divya Deshmukh.

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