5-time world champion Viswanathan Anand has mentioned that the present crop of gifted children kind the ‘golden technology’ of chess in India.
“I am throwing within the title early, however they’re a golden technology,” he advised THE WEEK in an unique interview in Chennai on August 21, the day R. Praggnanandhaa entered the FIDE World Cup remaining in Baku, Azerbaijan.
“They’re all within the 2,700-plus group (Elo score). They usually’re all underneath 20. That simply doesn’t occur; it is actually one thing particular. And what this implies, and the rationale I name them the golden technology, is they are going to spend the following 10 years on the prime,” Anand advised Chief Affiliate Editor and Director Riyad Mathew and Sports activities Marketing consultant Ayaz Memon.
“With various profession trajectories, after all, however they are going to spend the following 10 years being rivals and colleagues and associates and every thing. So, for Indian chess, that augurs very nicely.”
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Seeing a lot expertise is a brand new feeling for him, mentioned Anand, who’s the FIDE deputy president. “It is a very totally different vibe as a result of I [have been] used to being the one Indian in a event for very lengthy,” he mentioned. “Whereas all of them, not solely do they see one another, however they’re rivals in the identical event. So, it is incomparable to my expertise. Even after I go and watch them, I realise it is a very totally different vibe for them.”
Anand added that, chess having remodeled a lot, he might solely supply recommendation to the following technology, and never be “prescriptive”. “I’d share my experiences, particularly psychologically talking and emotionally,” he mentioned.
“However chess itself has modified a lot,” he defined. “After I was rising up, what we tried to move on to folks was, how do you discover higher strikes? However now when the pc is supplying you with the very best strikes straight away or the quickest reply, the pondering nearly has to alter…. So, how does my expertise examine with them? I’ve to watch out. I can share what I believe and depart it within the air, however I can not be too prescriptive. Truthfully. [they] can choose it a lot better.”
Learn the total interview in THE WEEK challenge dated September 3.