World No. 2 Koneru Humpy believes India has a really sturdy facet on the on-line Chess Olympiad starting on Friday.
The star-studded squad contains the likes of five-time World champion Viswanathan Anand, P. Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi, D. Harika, R.Vaishali and teenage sensations Nihal Sarin and R. Praggnanandhaa.
“I’m glad to be a part of this crew and I hope it is going to be an thrilling event,” Humpy informed The Hindu over telephone from Vijayawada on Wednesday. “India has good possibilities however in fast and blitz chess, reputations don’t matter a lot.”
India, which has been seeded on to the highest division alongside, has some sturdy rivals in Group A. “China will, after all, be a tricky problem,” she mentioned. “However I believe Iran, Germany, Georgia and Vietnam have additionally some excellent gamers.”
She mentioned she had begun to take pleasure in taking part in on-line chess extra after the latest Girls’s Velocity Chess Grand Prix sequence organised by FIDE. She had reached the ultimate of the final leg.
“I wasn’t too eager about taking part in on-line or velocity chess earlier, however I’m extra comfy after the Grand Prix.”
India opens its marketing campaign with what must be a straightforward match in opposition to Zimbabwe. In a while Friday, India will tackle Vietnam and Uzbekistan.