Mass lockdowns and "The Queen's Gambit" have brought unexpected gains for chess during the coronavirus, Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand told AFP
It's been seven years since a chess player got the Arjuna award and the iconic Viswanathan Anand is hoping that India's triumphant campaign at the online Chess Olympiad will change this.
India defeated Zimbabwe 6-0 and rolled over Vietnam 4-2 but the highlight certainly was the win against Uzbekistan by 5.5-0.5 margin.
Viswanathan Anand ended the Legends of Chess online tournament at the ninth position.
Viswanathan Anand has lost seven of his eight matches in the Legends of Chess tournament and is at the bottom of the table.
Viswanathan Anand suffered his sixth consecutive defeat with a 2-3 loss to Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia.
Viswanathan Anand lost 2-3 to Peter Leko of Hungary to stay bottom of the table in the Legends of Chess online tournament.
Viswanathan Anand, who had earlier lost to Peter Svidler, Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik, went down 2-3 to Anish Giri of the Netherlands.
Viswanathan Anand, who had lost in the first two rounds to Peter Svidler and Magnus Carlsen, went down 0.5-2.5 to Russia's Vladimir Kramnik.
Viswanathan Anand suffered his second consecutive loss in his maiden appearance on the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour.
Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand said chess was never more widely disseminated as it is now.
Viswanathan Anand is making his maiden appearance in the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour.
Viswanathan Anand reunited with his family in Chennai after completing a seven-day institutional quarantine in Bengaluru.
Viswanathan Anand finally returned to India on Saturday after being stuck in Germany for over three months due to the travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
India played out a 2-2 draw against Europe in Online Nations Cup chess tournament in the eighth round, a setback after their first win in the event notched up against the Rest of the World.
Viswanathan Anand's wife is relieved that the Indian embassy is in constant touch with him and he is doing fine.
Organised by the International Chess Federation and Chess.com, the six-team event is touted to be the richest online team tournament with a prize money of USD 180,000.
The online chess charity event raised Rs 8.8 lakh for the waste pickers' community fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.