India has fair chance at Olympiad: GM Ubilava

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Led by Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, India has a fair chance of emerging champions in the Chess Olympiad, GM Elizbar Ubilava said.

India has fair chance at Olympiad: GM Ubilava

Kozhikode:

Led by Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand, India has a fair chance of emerging champions in the Chess Olympiad to be held in Spain from October 15, GM Elizbar Ubilava said today. "With several formidable teams like Russia and China left in the fray, it is going to be really tough for India. But, it has more or less the same chances to win the gold," said Ubilava, who is coaching the men's team. The Spaniard said it would also require a solid teamwork to finish as medal winners. Russia's GM Ruslan Sherbakov, who coaches the women's team, said besides mental toughness, the players had to adjust to the physical conditions as the Olympiad would be played over 14 rounds. FIDE Vice-President and All-India Chess Federation General Secretary P T Ummer Koya said for the first time the country would be represented by the "best available" talent and he hoped both the men's and women's teams would clinch the gold. Krishnan Sasikiran, P Harikrishna, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Chanda Sandipan, Abhijit Kunte (men's) and Koneru Humpy, Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi, Nisha Mohota and Dronavalli Harika (women's) are attending the 12-day pre-Olympiad coaching camp. (PTI)



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