A star-studded Indian workforce led by captain Viswanathan Anand, a five-time World Champion, will goal to defend its On-line Chess Olympiad crown when it begins its marketing campaign within the high division on Wednesday.
“We now have a superb mixture of expertise and youth. We hope to do effectively and are pretty assured of our prospects,” stated Anand, whereas addressing a packed press convention in Chennai on Monday.
Victory within the match will make sure the nation its second successive gold medal within the prestigious match.
Not like the final time, when the gamers performed from their respective properties and struggled with web and electrical energy connectivity, the AICF has ensured that the workforce shall be collectively for the 2021 version. They’re being put up in a five-star resort in Chennai with top-of-the-line amenities, together with a devoted web connection.
“That is the brand new AICF. We are going to do all the things to make our gamers snug and aggressive,” AICF President Dr. Sanjay Kapoor stated in response to a query. “Our subsequent goal is a cash-rich chess league and the Chess in College Program of the AICF. That is just the start. Many good issues are within the pipeline for the chess fraternity of the nation,” he added.
India will launch their marketing campaign on Wednesday.
The Indian squad includes Grandmasters (GMs) Anand, Vidit Gujrathi, P Harikrishna, and B Adhiban within the Open class, GMs Koneru Humpy and D Harika and Girl Grandmasters (WGM) Tania Sachdev and R Vaishali within the Girls’s class, GMs Nihal Sarin and R Praggnanandhaa within the Juniors Open and WGM Vaishali R and Girl Fide Grasp Savitha Shri within the Junior Women part.
Over 150 international locations had began the competitors on August 4 and with 60 of them enjoying Division 4. Fifteen groups from this part superior to Division 3 comprising 50 groups and 15 groups certified for the subsequent stage — Division 2. From 50 groups in Division 2, 15 have certified and joined 25 seeded groups in Prime Division.
These 40 groups shall be competing for high honours over an exhilarating week. India has 9 different groups in its pool and can play three matches a day from September 8 to 10. Then, after a two-day relaxation, the knockout levels will start.
“We wished the gamers to bond with one another and play as a workforce. This prompted us to deliver all of them collectively right here in Chennai. All of the gamers, save three, are comfortably settled of their rooms and are raring to go. We thank our sponsors Microsense for making this occur,” Bharat Singh Chauhan, Honorary Secretary of AICF, stated.
The 25 seeded groups in Prime Division embrace Russia, China, and India. The 15 that certified from Division 2 are Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Moldova, Philippines, Shenzhen China, Slovenia, and Sweden.
These 40 groups shall be divided into 4 swimming pools of 10 groups every. They may play in 9 rounds of round-robin play with the 2 best-placed groups from every pool advancing to the knockout stage.
The principle problem for the Indian workforce will once more come from Russia, who have been the co-winners final time.
The Russian workforce has Alexander Grischuk, Alexey Dubov, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Andrey Esipenko and Polina Shuvalova enjoying on the primary boards. China will even be a high contender with Ding Liren, Wei Yi, Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun, Xu Zhihang and Zhu Jiner on the primary boards.
India can have an edge within the 2021 version, too, as it’s being performed underneath the speedy chess guidelines. It has a number of pace kings, with Anand being a much-feared participant within the quicker model for the final 30 years. Vidit Gujrathi, Harikrishna, Sarin, Praggnanandhaa are additionally acknowledged masters of this format.
That stated, within the earlier version, it was Koneru Humpy who had ensured a easy trip for the workforce within the finals, defeating Monica Sozcko of Poland within the Armageddon sport.
The Indian gamers will once more need to be at their finest as their high gamers shall be marked after their efficiency within the final version.