Young guns on a high

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

It was boom time for Indian chess at the Asian Youth Championship in Tehran, with the young guns coming back with a record 10 medals.

New Delhi:

It was boom time for Indian chess at the Asian Youth Championship in Tehran. With the young guns coming back with a record 10 medals, India's future certainly looks very bright in the 64-square game. Nine-year-old Parimaranjan Negi was amongst the four gold medallists India had in Tehran. India's tally of 10 medals included four golds, two silver and one bronze. The team coach, Major Shiva Prasad, feels India could become the next superpower in chess. "We have started at the foundation level already. We are building a strong base now and you will see the pyramid later, how it comes out," remarked the coach. Nikhilesh Kumar, who had not been doing too well in national tournaments, surprised everyone by taking gold in the under 14 boys category, ahead of top-seeded Rohit, also from India. But 14-year-old Nikhilesh didn't start off by playing chess. "Actually I used to play cricket and get hurt and then my mother told me to play chess," he admitted. All the gold medallists will now start preparing for the world age group chess championship to be held in Greece in September. One thing that is common amongst all these youngsters is their favourite sportsperson - undoubtedly Viswanathan Anand!

Topics : Chess
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