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Happy that Chess is back in Asian Games: Anand

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The legendary along with other top players welcomed the return of to the fold for the 2022 edition in Hangzhou, stating that it will be an incentive for players to take up the sport.

Five-time World Champion and the country's first Grand Master said he was happy with the development adding that looked forward to a medal from the team.

"I am happy about the development. I look forward to a medal from our team," Anand told

was a part of programme at the 2006 edition in and 2010 in won two gold medals at Doha, with Koneru Humpy capturing the top prize in the women's rapid individual event and the mixed team winning the standard event gold.

In the 2010 edition, the Indian men won a bronze in the standard team event while D Harika took the bronze in the women's individual (rapid) event.

Grand Master Baskaran Adhiban, who is playing in the World Team Championship in (Kazakshtan), said having back in the Asiad is wonderful and added it would bring incentives to the players.

"This (having chess back in the Asiad) is wonderful I am very happy to hear that. It is good for the sport and the players, who will stand to receive lot of incentives, which is nice," he added.

Adhiban, who had been part of the Indian team that took part in the in in 2010, said there was also a good opportunity for the country to win medals at the games.

The Chess Federation (AICF) Vice-DV Sundar said it was very good for the game and the players too and gave chance to annex medals.

"It is a very good news. Chess was part of programme in 2006 and 2010 and it is great that is is back. India has a very good chance of winning medals," he told

Sundar said the players also will be happy that chess has made a comeback and expected a team event and individual event to be part of the games.

Chess will be back at the next edition of Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, after the (OCA) decided to reinstate the sport in its games programme scheduled in September, 2022.

The met in on March 3 and its Sheikh officially confirmed the development to (WCF)

GM RB Ramesh, now a noted coach, whose trainees include R Praggnanandhaa, the world's third youngest GM behind and Chennai lad D Gukesh, said the move to re-induct chess in the Asiad is fantastic for the game and would provide an incentive to the players to turn out for the country and possibly win medals.

"The players can participate and possibly win medals and get cash awards for winning medals from the government. Also, they will be eligible for Dronacharya and Arjuna awards on par with Asian Games sports," he added.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 12:40 IST