Winning at the Olympiad is tough: Anand

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Viswanathan Anand said that it would be a tough task for the Indian men's team to win a medal at the forthcoming Olympiad.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:08 IST
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World Rapid Chess champion Viswanathan Anand said that it would be a tough task for the Indian men's team to win a medal at the forthcoming Olympiad at Spain. "We will be playing some top chess playing countries like Russia, Israel, Ukraine, USA and Armenia among others and it will be a tough task for us to win a medal as all the members of the team will have to do well consistently," said Anand. "Compared to the men's team, probably the women's team has a very good chance of winning a medal as they not only have a very good team but their opponents too are not as formidable as in the men's field," he added. Hoping for a win Touching on various topics, the champion said that his next important assignements are to see that his team does well at the Olympiad and to win the Chess Oscar. On his recent performances this year, Anand said, "this year has been very good for me and I hope it will continue for some time. I think I did pretty well to win the Corus Grandmasters tournament in Wijk Aan Zee and then the Dortmund Chess and Mainz Chess in Germany which had chess greats like Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik in the fray." "In fact, after a very good period in 1997 and 1998, when I won Chess Oscars, I went through a lean period as I was not able to concentrate completely. But this year I think I am in good nick and I hope it will continue and I have a very good chance of winning the Chess Oscar like I did in 2003," Anand said. Tapping potential early When asked how the game could be promoted in the country Anand felt that the first thing was to develop the game at the grass root level. Secondly there should be more corporate sponsorship for the game. "I also feel that the time has come for the All India Chess Federation (AICF) to find a professional sports marketing firm to promote the game in our country," he added. "The NIIT has already started chess schools for children and I come down to India from Spain where I am based during this period and play with the children. I can tell you that there are a lots of talented players," said Anand. (PTI)

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