The sad reality for professional chess players


Three Indian players cornered and attacked in Philippines

by Sagar Shah - 09/12/2018

The Asian Championships 2018 will begin from the 10th of December in Makati city in Philippines. Players have started arriving for this prestigious event. However, the conditions of stay seem to be very poor. Usually players do not report this publicly, but things went out of hand when along with poor conditions, three Indian players Vidit Gujrathi, Abhijit Kunte and Lalith Babu were attacked on the streets of Philippines, just 250 metres away from the hotel. India's top GM at the event Vidit Gujrathi has written about this harrowing experience on his Facebook page. We ask FIDE director general Emil Sutovsky and AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan about their views on this subject.

Here was the actual post of GM Vidit:

This is why I strongly advocate a program like SPICE. We have a world class training program for top talents, but at the same time provide them a valuable education to fall back on. Many strong chess players have gone on to make millions and billions in various businesses, using their chess skills.

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