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.
On a day when China annexed the Olympiad chess gold medal, India captured the bronze crushing Uzbekistan 3.5-0.5. Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Padmini Rout won the gold medal on the fifth board while Grandmaster (GM) K. Sasikiran took home the silver medal.
Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran guided Indian men to a creditable 2.5-1.5 victory over Germany in the 10th and penultimate round to stay in contention for a podium finish at the 41st Chess Olympiad here.
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.
A silver at the Asian Continental Championship earned him a shot at next year`s World Cup but Grandmaster B Adhiban is not looking too far ahead and is focussed on becoming a "better player" to qualify for the Chess Olympiad in August this year.
Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta won a silver by pocketing seven points out of nine games while Tania Sachdev turned out to be the best woman performer for India with a bronze medal in the Chess Olympiad, that concluded here on Sunday.