Anand: We have a good chance (for Gold at Olympiad)

Viswanathan Anand says India will be one of the top teams in Chess Olympiad

Viswanathan Anand, who recently won the World Rapid Championship in Riyadh, has said he is glad to play in the Chess Olympiad and has expressed confidence of securing a gold.
Updated: Jan 07, 2018 21:07 IST
PTI, Mumbai

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, who recently bagged the World Rapid title in Riyadh recently, said India would be one of the five-six top 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 (at the Chess Olympiad), 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 (Chess Olympiad), under different circumstances I might have played it earlier but it’s nice that I can come back now and play it,” he said during the final day of the IIFL Wealth 3rd Mumbai International Chess Tournament.

“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 (Indian) team, the positive vibes will more than make up for it.”