'We have a good chance at Olympiad'

'We have a good chance at Olympiad'

Six-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, who recently bagged the World Rapid title in Riyadh, said on Sunday that India would be one of the top five-six teams at the Chess Olympiad.

Asked whether a Chess Olympiad Gold was a possibility, Anand said: "Of course, we (India) will one of the top five- six teams, even that by very small rating points. It will be silly to rule out the gold (medal) because of the nature of the Olympiad and the Swiss format. We have a good chance but so do many other (teams)."

"Of course I was curious about playing it, under different circumstances I might have played it earlier but it's nice that I can come back now and play it," he said.

"There are some things I didn't like, things like zero- tolerance and some of the rules in the Olympiad but I feel that this time the camaraderie and the team, the positive vibes will more than make up for it."

The Chennai-based Grand Master had recently expressed his desire to be part of the Chess Olympiad to held in Georgia later this year.

Quizzed what went right this time at World Rapid tournament, he said: "(A) Part of the reason is that I was a little upset regarding my resent Rapid results. I was not playing too many rapid events, and I was so focused on classic events."

"One of the things I intended to do was to try and work on this, try and figure out what was going wrong and then I thought I might make a comeback. The word comeback implies that I expected it to happen in three or four tournaments. One of the things I intended to do was to play a lot more rapid events. "And then I was surprised to win the first event," he added.

Anand also spoke on the growth of chess in the country. "I was the first Grandmaster in 1987 and now we have 50," he said.

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