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.
He played a stellar role in India`s bronze winning effort in the recently concluded Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway but GM Parimarjan Negi feels that there`s more to life than just `64 squares` as he gets ready for a new innings which will require the same effort or even more from the immensely talented young man.
India witnessed a bad day in office as the men`s team suffered a 2.5-1.5 defeat at the hands of 12th seed Cuba, while their fifth seeded female counterparts were shocked by Serbia by similar margin in the fourth round of the 41st Chess Olympiad here.
The Indian open and women`s teams defeated Canada and Denmark respectively with a similar scoreline of 3.5-0.5 in the second round of the 41st World Chess Olympiad being played in the Norwegian city of Tromse Sunday.
He used to be a "one dimensional player" but over the years, India`s youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi has adapted more "rounded and universal styles" of play which he is looking to use in the biennial Chess World Cup next month.