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Sunday, January 30, 2022

India Set for Asian Games Medal Haul

New Delhi, Jan 29: With eight months left for the Asian Games 2022 to kick start at Hangzhou, China from 10 September, All India Chess Federation is hopeful for a rich medal haul from their men and women team when the chess discipline returns to the Asian Games fold after 12 years.

Aiming to make a big difference from 2010 Guangzhou Games, where India only achieved two bronze medals, All India Chess Federations started the preparation well in advance by selecting ten each probable to the men and women team. The team has been selected on the basis of their International Rating and Vidit Gujarathi, P Harikrishna, Nihal Sarin, S L Narayanan, K Sasikiran, B Adhiban, Karthikeyan Murali, Arjun Erigaisi, Abhijeet Gupta and Surya Shekhar Ganguly made the cut in the Men team while the women team will be selected from K Humpy, D Harika, Vaishali R, Tania Sachdev, Bhakti Kulkarni, Vantika Agrawal, Mary Ann Gomes, Soumya Swaminathan and Eesha Karavade. The selection committee consisting of Abhijit Kunte, Dibeyandu Barua and Dinesh Sharma will decide the final list of five players in the month of April.

Eyeing the four gold medals at stake in the games, legendary Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand took a different role and will mentor the team and first session with him and players will kick start next Thursday.

The chess event of the games will start on 11 September and will be played in two formats. The Individual Event of Men and Women will be played in Rapid time control from 11 September to 14 September while four Board five-member Team Event will be played under Standard time control from 16 September to 24 September.

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