The Winter Olympics, with its spectacular ski jumpers, daring speed skaters and athletic snowboarders, should welcome chess into its schedule, the chief of the game`s governing body told Chinese media Wednesday.
In what turned out to be a bitter-sweet year for Indian chess, five-time winner Viswanathan Anand lost his bid to regain his title in the Sochi World Championship but Indian men's team clinched a historic bronze at 41st Olympiad.
The youngest Indian to become a rated chess player, seven-year-old Dev Shah, has become the world champion in the Under-7 category in the World Schools Chess Championships that concluded at Juiz de Fora in Brazil on December 4.
Fresh from his tied first position in the recently concluded Durban Open, young Grandmaster Sahaj Grover is gearing up for the junior world championship in Pune and said that chess will soon become the most popular sport of the country after cricket.
Amid apprehension that the World Chess Championship title contest between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and former winner Vishwanathan Anand could be postponed, the Indian ace is hoping the rematch would go ahead and be held in Sochi, Russia, in November.
In spite of a disappointing eighth-place finish in the fifth and the penultimate leg of the FIDE women`s Grand Prix chess tournament, India`s Koneru Humpy is in the top spot, ahead of the winner, Hou Yifan of China, reports Xinhua.
International Masters N Sudhakar Babu of Indian Bank and B T Muralikrishnan of Southern Railways will be among top players from nearly 100 teams from various districts taking part in the State FIDE Rated 21st Team Chess Championship and 15th Blitz Chess Championship, Coimbatore, beginning here from Thursday.