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India eyes for glory in Batumi Olympiad
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India eyes for glory in Batumi Olympiad



New Delhi, Sep 20: The Indian men and women left for Batumi, Georgia, with high hopes of winning medals at the 43rd Chess Olympiad to be held there from September 23-October 6. On the eve of the team’s departure on Thursday, Ramco Group and the All India Chess Federation organized a Press Conference in Hotel Lalit, Delhi.

Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand, will spearhead the strong Indian team at Olympiad. This large-scale event is expecting the teams of women and men from 190 countries.

Addressing the official press conference here, the reigning World Rapid Champion, who is returning to the team after 2006 said "I am thankful for Ramco group and AICF. We all are looking forward to some exciting games. I am very happy to be a part of it."

Humpy Koneru, returning to competitive chess after 2016 following the birth of her daughter Ahana, said, "I am very excited to play chess after two years. We have a good chance of a medal but it all depends on our form and consistency. It is very important to play decent chess against strong opposition."

"The current Indian team is the strongest one ever to be playing in the Olympiad." GM R.B.Ramesh, captain of the open team, said.
 
AICF secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan remarked, "All India Chess Federation has taken several drastic steps to form a strong team in both the sections by changing its team selection rules as well as its attitude towards offering facilities to the players. Four GMs — two each for the two teams — for research and analytical assistance were never heard of earlier in the Indian chess history."

The Teams
Men: GM Viswanathan Anand, GM P. Harikrishna, GM Vidit Santhosh Gujrathi, GM Adhiban Baskaran and GM Sasikiran Krishnan.

Women: GM Koneru Humpy, GM Dronavalli Harika, IM Eesha Karvade, IM Padmini Rout and IM Tania Sachdev.

The team members were given a warm send-off. Officer bearers Mr Venkatrama Raja, President of AICF, Mr D.V. Sundar, Vice President of FIDE, Mr Bharat Singh Chauhan, Secretary of AICF graced the occasion.

Shortly after the press conference, Anand played a simul. Watch videos:

 

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