Chess Olympiad: Koneru Humpy, Different Indian Gamers Look to Study from Boris Gelfand and Viswanathan Anand


5-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand and Israeli chess nice Boris Gelfand will work in tandem to information the Indian gamers forward of the forty fourth Chess Olympiad because the All India Chess Federation (AICF) has introduced the 2 legends collectively for the house crew’s first teaching camp with an goal to reinforce medal probabilities on the prestigious occasion.

The six-time World Championship Candidate from Israel, Gelfand has been roped in because the coach by the AICF alongside mentor Anand. The members of the primary groups in each open in addition to girls’s part will participate within the camp, scheduled to happen at Resort Leela in Chennai from Might 7 to 17.


Other than successful the World Cup in 2009, Gelfand has competed in 11 Chess Olympiads. He was ranked within the top-30 in FIDE rankings from 1990 to 2017 throughout his 27-year lengthy astonishing profession. The 52-year-old has additionally skilled a number of the high worldwide gamers previously, serving to them achieve large occasions.

“We need to be certain that the Indian groups have one of the best of the whole lot, be it good staying amenities and one of the best of coaches. We need to create an environment which is conducive to present them their finest,” mentioned AICF President Sanjay Kapoor.

The previous World champion in fast chess, Koneru Humpy believes the choice to nominate Gelfand along with mentor Anand, will encourage the gamers forward of the Olympiad, which shall be performed in India for the first-time ever, starting in Chennai on July 28.

“Effectively, I don’t usually take part within the teaching camps usually. This time having Gelfand and Anand as coach and mentor will certainly encourage the crew and for positive there shall be quite a bit to be taught from their expertise,” she mentioned.

The creator of quite a few well-liked books like ‘Dynamic resolution making in chess’, ‘Technical resolution making in chess’ and ‘Positional resolution making in chess’ to call a couple of, Gelfand will use his in-depth technical in addition to strategic information of the sport whereas interacting and coaching the Indian gamers within the camp.

“With the quite a few decision-making books authored by Gelfand we hope that our resolution to rope in Gelfand pays off,” added AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan.

The members of first crew within the open section-Vidit Gujrathi, Pentala Harikrishna, Arjun Erigaisi, SL Narayanan and Krishnan Sasikiran-and the gamers of first crew within the girls’s section-Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika, R Vaishali, Tania Sachdev and Bhakti Kulkarni, will participate within the camp together with their respective coaches Srinath Narayanan and Abhijit Kunte.

Arjun and Sasikiran, who’re presently enjoying tournaments in Europe, will be part of the camp a few days later. Sasikiran, a member of the Bronze successful crew at Tromso in 2014 who had additionally gained a person silver medal on the similar Olympiad, is happy to work with Gelfand. “I’m a giant fan of him and that is the primary time that I’d be coaching with such a robust participant although we’ve performed a couple of video games towards one another,” he mentioned.

“It’s nice to have him [Gelfand] as a coach. His expertise and information will immensely assist the Indian crew,” added Harikrishna, who shall be enjoying his tenth Olympiad in Chennai.

The 11-day teaching camp shall be intensive and gruelling with gamers concerned in six to seven hours of rigorous coaching in a day. The gamers can even have a daily routine of yoga and meditation to reinforce their psychological will energy together with bodily power coaching.

“I’m actually trying ahead to it. The amenities shall be glorious, and it is going to be a vital platform for the crew to get collectively and bond earlier than the Olympiad,” mentioned coach Srinath.

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