Viswanathan Anand confident India won medal at Chess Olympiad | Chess News


The legendary Viswanathan Anand said on Friday that in this Chess Olympiad, India has a bright chance to win medals and he hopes the youngsters can carry the legacy of chess. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to launch the first-ever Olympic chess torch relay for the 44th edition of the event at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. “I am very excited about this. It will be a huge event, around 2000 players will participate. I will mentor our players. We have a good chance of winning a medal in this Olympiad,” said chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand on India will host the 2022 World Chess Olympiad.

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The inaugural edition of the Chess Olympiad Torch Relay will visit 75 cities across the country as the Indian Chess Federation (AICF) revealed the roadmap on Friday.

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has introduced an Olympic Torch Relay tradition for its Olympiad from this year’s event and has named India as the starting point for each edition, commemorating the popularity of chess in the country of origin of the sport.

Speaking about the future of the game in the country, Anand told ANI, “We are very lucky to have a bright future in the game of chess. Our youngsters are doing well and they will make the country proud.”

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Speaking about the young Indian grandmaster, who won the Norwegian Chess Open last week, Anand said: “Our future in chess is bright. If I talk about Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa and other young players, they are doing well very well and hopefully they can take on the legacy of chess to come.”

“Yes, we have a great chance of winning a medal at this Olympiad,” said the Indian grandmaster.

The 44th edition of the biggest chess event in the world will be held in Mahabalipuram near Chennai from July 28 to August 10.

In the nearly 100-year history of the Chess Olympiad, this is the first time that India will host this prestigious event. With 188 countries registered for the upcoming Olympiad, Indian sports history is also set to see a huge assembly of countries on Indian soil for the first time at an event. And to celebrate this, the AICF has unveiled a “Namaste World” social media campaign, welcoming the chess community around the world to this event.

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The AICF previously announced two Indian teams each in the open and women’s sections, with the 44th Chess Olympiad attracting 343 teams in both sections.

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