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Happy that chess is back in Asian Games: Viswanathan Anand

CHENNAI: The mythical Viswanathan Anand together with different best players welcomed the return of chess to the Asian Games fold for the 2022 version in Hangzhou, stating that it is going to be an incentive for players to absorb the game.

Five-time World Champion and the rustic's first Grand Master Anand said he was once pleased with the improvement including that appeared ahead to a medal from the staff.

"I am happy about the development. I look forward to a medal from our team," Anand said.

Chess was once part of Asian Games programme at the 2006 version in Doha and 2010 in Guangzhou. India gained two gold medals at Doha, with Koneru Humpy taking pictures the top prize in the girls's fast person match and the blended staff successful the standard match gold.

In the 2010 version, the Indian men gained a bronze in the standard staff match whilst D Harika took the bronze in the girls's person (fast) match.

Grand Master Baskaran Adhiban, who is taking part in in the World Team Championship in Astana (Kazakshtan), said having chess back in the Asiad is wonderful information and added it will carry incentives to the players.

"This (having chess back in the Asiad) is wonderful news. I am very happy to hear that. It is good for the sport and the players, who will stand to receive lot of incentives, which is nice," he added.

Adhiban, who were part of the Indian staff that took part in the Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010, said there was once also a excellent alternative for the rustic to win medals at the video games.

The All-India Chess Federation (AICF) Vice-President DV Sundar said it was once excellent information for the sport and the players too and gave India probability to annex medals.

"It is a very good news. Chess was part of the Asian Games programme in 2006 and 2010 and it is great that is back. India has a very good chance of winning medals," he said.

Sundar said the players also will be happy that chess has made a comeback and anticipated a staff match and person match to be part of the video games.

Chess will be back at the subsequent version of Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) decided to reinstate the game in its video games programme scheduled in September, 2022.

The OCA General Assembly met in Bangkok on March three and its president Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad Al-Sabah formally confirmed the improvement to World Chess Federation (WCF) president Arkady Dvorkovich.

GM RB Ramesh, now a famous trainer, whose trainees include R Praggnanandhaa, the world's 3rd youngest GM in the back of Sergey Karjakin and Chennai lad D Gukesh, said the transfer to re-induct chess in the Asiad is unbelievable for the sport and would offer an incentive to the players to prove for the rustic and most likely win medals.

"The players can participate and possibly win medals and get cash awards for winning medals from the government. Also, they will be eligible for Dronacharya and Arjuna awards on par with Asian Games sports," he added.

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