The announcement of India’s squad for the upcoming Chess Olympiad in Chennai has evoked enormous pleasure within the nation’s chess circles, however not with out a tinge of unhappiness surrounding Viswanathan Anand’s choice to go for the function of a mentor, as a substitute of a spearhead.
Doubtless, Anand’s presence as a coach-cum-mentor within the preparatory camp for the Asian Video games helped the members immensely. It will likely be a continuation of the function for the five-time World champion who has fortunately let a youthful member take his spot within the Olympiad squad.
Being the host, India will get to subject two groups every within the Open and the ladies part. Ought to there be an odd-number of entries, India will subject a 3rd crew to make it even.
As issues stand, the groups in each sections seem formidable. Although India won’t be among the many favourites for the title, the host has the combos to go all the way in which.
To arrange the groups for the mega crew occasion starting on July 29, every crew has been assigned a Grandmaster, with the expertise of getting labored with the previous Nationwide groups.
Nation’s oldest GM Pravin Thipsay would be the Head of the Indian contingent. N. Srinath and R. B. Ramesh will coach the lads’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ groups, respectively. Equally, Abhijit Kunte and Swapnil Dhopade will serve the ladies’s groups.
Here’s a fast tackle the members of the Indian groups.
Vidit Gujrathi. – RAJEEV BHATT
Vidit Gujrathi: Ranked second within the nation, Vidit provides a leading edge to the crew that has a high quality mixture of expertise and youth. This 27-year outdated from Nashik led India to the On-line Chess Olympiad gold (gained collectively with Russia) in 2020. His wide selection of opening decisions with each colors and consistency stays a standout issue throughout codecs. His early teaching stint underneath Israeli Grandmaster Alon Greenfield proved essential in shaping his profession. Briefly, Vidit served because the second for Dutch GM Anish Giri.
P. Harikrishna. – RAKESH RAO
P. Harikrishna: A veteran of seven Chess Olympiads, 35-year-old Hari was the second strongest Indian behind Viswanathan Anand for a very long time earlier than Vidit displaced him. He stays solely the second Indian to interrupt into the world’s top-10 listing having occupied the ninth spot in November 2016. The nation’s youngest GM in 2001, Hari went on to win the Commonwealth title (Winner of Commonwealth title (2001), World junior (2004) and the Asian championship in 2011.
Arjun Erigaisi. – Debasish Bhaduri
Arjun Erigaisi: At 18, Arjun is presently in the course of an astonishing run in direction of the 2700-rating mark. Winner of the Tata Metal Challengers’ part in Wijk aan Zee, the Nationwide title and the Delhi Worldwide Open this 12 months, Arjun is presently ranked fourth within the nation. his uncompromising model and single-minded method, Arjun is taken into account the following Indian in ‘Membership-2700’. Clearly the one to be careful for.
S. L. Narayanan. – RAKESH RAO
S. L. Narayanan: This tireless 24-year-old has seen extra challenges than another member within the Indian Olympiad squad. Having scored 1200/1200 in his Class XII exams, this vibrant child has damaged new grounds supported fully by his household. Sacrifices of the household and indifference of the potential sponsor or employers have steeled his resolve to show his mettle. Financially supported by his mom and sister, Narayanan has silently overcome quite a few challenges to earn his place within the Nationwide Olympiad squad.
Ok. Sasikiran. – THE HINDU ARCHIVES
Ok. Sasikiran: At 41, the oldest member of the squad can also be the one one surviving member from the Olympiad bronze medal-winning crew of 2014. Sasikiran scored 7.5 factors from 10 rounds to play his half splendidly on the third board, the place he additionally gained a person silver. Ranked twenty first on the earth in 2005, he has since slipped to 99th. His expertise might nicely be a think about among the key encounters.
Nihal Sarin. – SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
Nihal Sarin: One of many most interesting among the many bunch of gifted teenagers within the nation, Nihal has proved his price throughout codecs. The 17-year-old is the reigning World under-18 champion within the on-line fast format to go together with the world under-10 title he gained in 2014. Identified for his wonderful expertise within the blitz format, Nihal has had a victory on this format over none aside from World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen.
D. Gukesh. – M. VEDHAN
D. Gukesh: Recent from successful two back-to-back titles to interrupt into the world’s prime 100, 15-year-old Gukesh is chasing his good buddy Arjun of their race to breach the 2700-mark in ranking. The nation’s youngest Grandmaster can also be the Nationwide runner-up. Blessed with wonderful ability units, Gukesh guarantees to interrupt contemporary grounds in occasions to return. Clearly one among the many nation’s most gifted teenagers prepared for the larger battles.
B. Adhiban. – SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
B. Adhiban: Nicknamed ‘The Beast’ for his flamboyant model over the board, Adhiban is presently going via a tough patch. He’s among the many most fun gamers within the crew and holds the potential to supply the decisive edge in must-win matches. His wonderful perspective to the cerebral sport and life is a welcome change from the stereotype picture of the chess gamers.
R. Praggnanandhaa. – SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
R. Praggnanandhaa: Clearly the Model Ambassador of India’s rising new era of gifted youngsters, Praggnanandhaa caught the creativeness of the nation by gorgeous Magnus Carlsen in a web based 15-minute fast sport in February this 12 months. At 16, Pragg is displaying the maturity of a seasoned campaigner as he crosses swords with among the most interesting names within the sport.
Raunak Sadhwani. – SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
Raunak Sadhwani: Finest remembered for making Viswanathan Anand sweat within the 2018 Isle of Man match by holding a successful place earlier than shedding his approach, this 16-year-old Nagpur-boy was rated forward of Gukesh and Praggnanandhaa final 12 months. A part of the rising teen-brigade, Raunak is a severe challenger within the shorter time codecs. It stays to be seen how his companies are utilized within the Olympiad.
Koneru Humpy. – Ok. V. S. GIRI
Ok. Humpy: The Indian spearhead for greater than a decade, Humpy lends the crew the reassurance like no different participant. After attaining motherhood, she has returned to top-flight chess and her outcomes have been spectacular. She possesses the expertise and the experience to beat any challenger. The type of the World No. 3 holds the important thing to India’s fortunes within the Olympiad.
D. Harika. – V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM
D. Harika: One other constant performer within the squad, Harika is anticipated to supply solidity on the second board. Given her file of pulling out at the least half a degree in opposition to any rival, she is an asset in any crew competitors. If she will be able to elevate her successful share, India can emerge as a severe contender for the gold medal.
R. Vaishali. – SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
R. Vaishali: An thrilling expertise, Vaishali must take care of the stress of pulling off just a few victories on the decrease boards. The least skilled of the lot, the 20-year-old sister of Praggnanandhaa might nicely present the successful margins in just a few matches. With coach R. B. Ramesh round, Vaishali might be anticipated to be extra assured in a well-recognized surroundings and assured of her expertise.
Tania Sachdev. – SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
Tania Sachdev: One among the many extra seasoned gamers within the combine, Tania just lately emerged as one of the best girl participant within the Reykjavik Open, gained by Praggnanandhaa. Having executed nicely as a chess broadcaster over the past two years, Tania is again to play her half in one more Olympiad. The previous Asian ladies’s champion might use all her expertise of commentating on the video games of all of the elite gamers to tug off some thrilling outcomes.
Bhakti Kulkarni. – SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
Bhakti Kulkarni: A two-time former Nationwide champion, Bhakti is one other campaigner who has the sport to play a vital function in India’s marketing campaign. Fiercely decided, 29-year-old Bhakti can show fairly a handful on the fourth board. To have a participant of her standing on a decrease board displays the power of the crew.
Vantika Agarwal. – SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT
Vantika Agarwal: This studious-looking lady from Noida (UP) has made fast strides to emerge because the winner of the inaugural Nationwide on-line championship forward of many seasoned contenders final 12 months. A scholar of Pravin Thipsay, Vantika has improved by leaps and bounds. After specializing in her teachers for the higher a part of the previous 12 months, Vantika returns extra hungry to show a degree or two.
Mary Ann Gomes (left) and Soumya Swaminathan. – Biswaranjan Rout
Soumya Swaminathan: The 2009 World junior ladies champion and a former Nationwide champion is among the many skilled gamers who’ve stood agency within the face of the barrage of teen-talents. At 33, Soumya has the expertise to play a stellar function in India’s marketing campaign. A bronze medallist on the reserve board within the 2013 World crew championship, Soumya has an all-round sport wanted to tug off key video games.
Padmini Rout. – RAKESH RAO
Mary Ann Gomes: A former three-time Nationwide champion, Mary is without doubt one of the pillars of this crew. Identified to be an incredible crew participant, she has the flexibility to modify gears and take dangers in quest of victory within the curiosity of the crew. Although in opposition to stronger gamers, her consistency must get higher, Mary will be uncompromising in pursuit of a win.
Divya Deshmukh. – Particular Association
Padmini Rout: Winner of the Asian title in 2018, Padmini might play a vital function within the greater battles. Winner of the Nationwide title for 4 years in succession, this 28-year-old might nicely play each spherical within the upcoming Olympiad. Given her skill-sets on this crew comprising three seasoned campaigners, count on Padmini to stretch for wins.
Divya Deshmukh: The reigning Nationwide champion is one other relentless campaigner. At 16, Divya makes her debut and it stays to be seen how the crew administration makes use of her companies. In March, Divya shocked a really sturdy subject to win the Nationwide title solely on her second try. An amazing prospect who guarantees to serve the nation with distinctions for years to return.