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Reigning champions Team India will look to defend its crown at the Online Chess Olympiad. The tournament got underway yesterday worldwide.
India has a chance to win back-to-back Gold medals in this prestigious tournament.
The All India Chess Federation has ensured that the team will be together for this edition. The Federation has set up rooms in a 5-star hotel in Chennai, with top facilities and a dedicated internet connection.
Over 150 countries took part in qualification. The tournament will now see 40 teams divided into 4 pools.
India is placed in Pool B of the top division. Along with France, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Egypt, Slovenia, Sweden, Shenzen China, and Hungary. The top 2 teams will advance to the playoffs.
India’s main threat will be from Russia.
The Indian team will start its campaign tomorrow against Egypt. Followed by France and Sweden. The star-studded lineup will be led by the legend Vishwanathan Anand.
The team consists of Grandmasters Vidit Gujrathi, P Harikrishna, and Adhiban B in the Open category. Grandmasters Koneru Humpy, D Harika, Grandmasters Nihal Sarin and R Praggnanandhaa in the Juniors Open.
Women Grandmasters Tania Sachdev and R Vaishali in the Women’s category. Woman Grandmaster Vaishali R and Woman Fide Master Savitha Shri in the Junior Girls.
We have a good mix of experience and youth. We hope to do well and are fairly confident of our prospects,” said Anand in an official release.