Chennai, March 17: The legendary Vishwanathan Anand along with other top players welcomed the return of chess to the Asian Games fold for the 2022 edition in Hangzhou, stating that it will be an incentive for players to take up the sport.
Five-time World Champion and the country’s first Grand Master Anand said he was happy with the development adding that he looks forward to a medal from the team.
“I am happy about the development. I look forward to a medal from our team,” Anand told PTI.
Chess was a part of Asian Games programme at the 2006 edition in Doha and 2010 in Guangzhou. India won two gold medals in Doha, with Koneru Humpy capturing the top prize in the women’s rapid individual event and the mixed team winning the standard event gold.
In the 2010 edition, the Indian men won a bronze in the standard team event while D Harika took the bronze in the women’s individual (rapid) event.
Grand Master Baskaran Adhiban, who is playing in the World Team Championship in Astana (Kazakshtan), said having chess back in the Asiad is “wonderful news” and added it would bring incentives to the players. (PTI)