Anand boosts India's chances in Olympiad

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

India is looking to benefit from the presence of top player Viswanathan Anand in their ranks when the 36th edition of the Chess Olympiad starts on Friday.

Anand boosts India's chances in Olympiad

Mallorca, Spain:

Fielding both the men as well as women teams for the first time, India is looking to benefit from the presence of top player Viswanathan Anand in their ranks when the 36th edition of the Chess Olympiad starts on Friday. There are quite a few firsts this time around and the most notable of them is Anand's long awaited nod to participate in a team event while representing the country. This will also be the first time that India will be fielding an all-Grandmaster team and the first time that Koneru Humpy will be a part of the women's team. The Indian think tank has done thorough homework for the event as is evident from the fortnight long training camp at Calicut just before the Olympiad. Also just prior to that, a Category 16 event was organised in Pune to facilitate the preparation of the Indian men's team . However, there are no surprises in board order of both the men's and women's teams. Anand is a natural choice for the top board and Krishnan Sasikiran will be on the second board. P Harikrishna will master the third while National Champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly, former British Open Champion Abhijit Kunte and Sandipan Chanda will follow him on board 4-6. (PTI)



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