Successful towards Viswanathan Anand was particular second: Vidit Gujrathi | Chess Information

NEW DELHI: India’s chess Olympiad gold-winning workforce captain Vidit Gujrathi says the expertise of taking part in towards and defeating iconic Viswanathan Anand was essentially the most particular second of his profession.
The 25-year-old Gujrathi, who turned a Grandmaster in 2013, beat the five-time world champion Anand in 2019.
“It was a very nice feeling to play towards a participant to whom you look as much as. I used to be within the Indian Prime-5 however by no means bought an opportunity to play towards him, so I used to be pondering that I am lacking out on that have,” the teenager mentioned in the course of the present, ‘Within the Sportlight’.
“It was in 2018 after I performed towards Anand for the primary time. It’s a totally different feeling if you play as a result of you then realise their strengths and weaknesses very intently. It was a extremely good reminiscence after I lastly received towards him in 2019,” he added.
Gujarathi had the honour to captain the likes of Anand and the ladies’s Grandmaster Koneru Humpy throughout India’s gold successful marketing campaign within the on-line Chess Olympiad not too long ago.
India and Russia had been declared joint winners of the 2020 On-line Chess Olympiad after the ultimate was marred by web connectivity challenge and server malfunction, final month.
Gujarathi mentioned on-line streaming of chess has turn into an enormous hit with extra fans embracing the idea, the largest instance being the FIDE On-line Chess Olympiad.
“Beforehand chess streaming was once regarded down upon. In India no person used to stream. Steadily folks realised it is good and it’s rising daily. The Olympiad has proven that chess can actually be a spectator sport.”
He additionally mentioned that ‘chess Esports’ may turn into a giant hit within the post-COVID period, which may carry the gamers extra monetary features in addition to a wider avenue.
With GM Hikaru Nakamura changing into the primary skilled chess participant to be signed up by knowledgeable esports streaming organisation, Gujrathi mentioned it is a bonus for chess gamers who can discover this avenue.
“Hikaru bought signed up for TSM and (Magnus) Carlsen can also be hinting at that. Possibly chess could possibly be a type of sports activities which could be a sport in addition to one the place you may mix it with esport,” mentioned Gujrathi, hinting at the potential for Indian gamers additionally exploring this within the coming instances.

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