Asian Games Chess: Vidit, Humpy to lead India; Anand named mentor

As per the players' international ratings, the All India Chess Federation has prepared the probables’ list headed by Vidit Gujrathi (men) and Koneru Humpy (women).

Five-time world champion and Indian chess legend, Viswanathan Anand.   -  K. V. S. Giri

With chess back in this year’s Hangzhou Asian Games in China, India has begun its preparations by short-listing 20 probables - 10 men and 10 women - with an eye on winning maximum out of the 12 medals across four events.

As per the players' international ratings, the All India Chess Federation (AICF) has prepared the probables’ list headed by Vidit Gujrathi (men) and Koneru Humpy (women). In April, the number will be pruned to five each by Grandmasters Dibyendu Barua, Abhijit Kunte and International Master Dinesh Kumar Sharma.

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Viswanathan Anand, the mentor of the squad, will hold an online training session for the team members from February 3 to 10.

The individual events for men and women, under rapid time control, will be from September 11 to 14. The team event, across four boards separately for men and women, under standard time control, will be from September 16 to 24.

The probables:

Men: Vidit Gujarathi, P Harikrishna, Nihal Sarin, S. L. Narayanan, K. Sasikiran, B Adhiban, M. Karthikeyan, Arjun Erigaisi, Abhijeet Gupta and Surya Shekhar Ganguly.

Women: K Humpy, D Harika, R. Vaishali, Tania Sachdev, Bhakti Kulkarni, Vantika Agrawal, Mary Ann Gomes, Soumya Swaminathan, Eesha Karavade and Divya Deshmukh.

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