The International Chess Federation (FIDE) President Arkady Dvorkovich said on Friday that five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand has agreed to be “part of his team” as he seeks re-election in Chennai during the 44th Chess Olympics later this year.
“I am determined to run for re-election and Anand will be a big part of our team,” Dvorkovich said on Friday.
When asked if he would join the administration, Anand said: “Dvorkovich offered that we can work together as part of his team. I have seen the fantastic work he and his team do and I would like to contribute. At the moment we have not nailed what role and so on, but I expect to tell something soon. ”
The Olympics are scheduled for July 28 to August 10. India is hosting it for the first time and around 2000 participants from 180 countries are expected to compete. This will be the first major chess event in the country since the world championships clashed between Anand and Magnus Carlsen in 2013.
It was a quick move by the All India Chess Federation (AICF) to take the event to India after FIDE withdrew the tournament from Moscow following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The AICF took action, and after receiving a quick green light from Tamil Nadu’s Prime Minister MK Stalin, he submitted a bid.
“Normally it takes four years to organize an event of this magnitude, but in 48 hours we have booked 3,500 rooms, confirmed the venue and given a guarantee, all thanks to the Tamil Nadu government for their support,” said AICF President Sanjay Kapoor. .
Dvorkovich said India was going so fast that there was no choice but to think of another candidate. “India has a fantastic chess culture and I am sure that this event will have a big impact. The immediate support of the TN government was symbolic that there is a clear interest in holding the best chess Olympics ever.”
Anand said the event will inspire young people. “It’s a big scale event and it’s going to be exciting for a couple of weeks. There will be many opportunities for fans to come and watch and meet so many players. I hope fans from all over India come to Chennai. It will inspire many future players to take on the game and do well. ”