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The All-India Chess Federation (AICF) unveiled the Indian team for the Asian Games 2023, which will comprise five male and five female players. Veteran Grandmaster Koneru Humpy has been chosen to lead the 10-member Indian chess contingent for the upcoming Asian Games 2023. The Indian participants are set to compete in both individual and team events at the continental showcase scheduled in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 8.
In the women’s individual categories, Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli will be competing, while Vidit Gujrathi and Arjun Erigaisi will take part in the men’s individual event. Notably, the individual events will be conducted in the rapid format.
In the women’s team event, aside from Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli, Vaishali Rameshbabu, Savitha Shri B, and Vantika Aggarwal will be representing India. Meanwhile, the men’s team competition will witness Gukesh D, Vidit Gujrathi, Pentala Harikrishna, Arjun Erigaisi, and Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa forming the Indian squad. The team events will be played using the standard format.
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Koneru Humpy enters the Asian Games with an impressive performance in the recently concluded Global Chess League, where she led the Mumba Masters to the final. A two-time Asian Games gold medalist, Humpy achieved the Grandmaster title at a record-breaking age of 15. She was also a member of the Indian team that bagged a bronze at the 2022 Chess Olympiad in Chennai.
Harika Dronavalli, 32 years old, holds a bronze medal from the 2010 Asian Games. Vidit Gujrathi, who guided the Indian team to victory in the FIDE Online Chess Olympiad 2020, will spearhead the men’s team.
Seventeen-year-old Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, who has notably defeated the world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen multiple times, will also be a participant.
Indian Chess in Asian Games
Indian chess continues to leave its mark on the grand stage of the Asian Games, showcasing strategic brilliance and mental prowess. With a rich history of participation and achievements, Indian chess players have consistently represented the nation with exceptional skill and dedication. The Asian Games provides a platform for Indian chess masters to compete against top talents from across the continent, pushing their limits in pursuit of glory. From rapid matches that demand quick thinking to intense battles of endurance in standard time controls, Indian chess players showcase their versatility and tactical acumen.
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Veteran Grandmasters and emerging talents alike have contributed to India’s success story in chess at the Asian Games. Their accomplishments not only inspire fellow chess enthusiasts but also add to the nation’s medal tally. By concentrating on strategy, calculation, and mental acuity, Indian chess players have achieved notable triumphs, further solidifying the nation’s standing as a formidable presence in the realm of chess.
The Asian Games provide an opportunity for Indian chess players to test their mettle, learn from their experiences, and contribute to the broader narrative of sportsmanship and camaraderie among nations. As the chess boards come alive with carefully plotted moves and brilliant combinations, Indian chess continues to shine brightly in the mosaic of the Asian Games, exemplifying the intellectual and competitive spirit of the nation.
Chess is making a comeback to the Asian Games in 2023 after a hiatus of 13 years. India has previously secured four medals in chess at the Asian Games – two golds and two bronzes. Koneru Humpy clinched the women’s individual gold and was also a member of the mixed team that claimed gold at Doha 2006. Harika Dronavalli secured an individual women’s bronze in Guangzhou 2010, and the men’s team, featuring Pentala Harikrishna, secured a third-place finish.
Indian Chess Team for Asian Games 2023
Men: Gukesh D, Vidit Gujrathi, Arjun Erigaisi, Pentala Harikrishna, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Women: Koneru Humpy, Harika Dronavalli, Vaishali Rameshbabu, Vantika Agrawal, Savitha Shri B
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