Viswanathan Anand set to actively support FIDE president Dvorkovich’s re-election bid | Chess News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Five-time chess world champion Viswanathan Anand confirmed on Friday that he will actively support current FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich’s bid for re-election, an indication of his growing interest in being part of the game’s administration in the near future.
The FIDE Congress will be held in Chennai alongside the Chess Olympics from July 28 to August 10.
Anand will not compete for a FIDE official post, but since India is being awarded the hosting rights for the 44th Chess Olympics by the current exemption, the public support of the Indian legend is seen as a significant feature.
“We have had a good discussion but we have not yet decided in what role or capacity I will be involved in,” Anand replied when answering a question from PTI here during the viewing of an event organized to officially transfer the host rights. for the Chess Olympiad to India.
The World Chess Olympics, held since 1927, will be held in India for the first time and in Asia after 30 years.
About 2,000 participants from over 180 nations will compete for the highest prize in the event, which will be held from July 28 to August 10.
Anand said he will work closely with Dvorkovich’s team.
“I am willing and determined to work with this team. It is a wonderful team led by Dvorkovich and they have done a lot for the sport. When and when a decision is made I will let you know,” he added.
Anand’s possible throws in the chess administration side were revealed by Dvorkovich.
“It’s not about politics, it’s about protecting the interests of the players. As FIDE manager, I had to make some difficult decisions, but all of these were taken with the players’ interests in mind,” said Dvorkovich.
“Yes, I am determined to run for re-election and Anand will be a big part of our team.”
India secured the host rights for the event after it was moved out of Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.
“It really is a historic moment. This is the first time India will host the event in its almost 100-year history,” said the FIDE chief.
“Originally Minz, Belarus hosted the event and then moved to Moscow, Russia but I do not expect any further changes.”
Bharat Singh Chauhan, the tournament director, announced that the event will be held according to all covid-19 protocols.
“Everyone involved in the tournament will be tested every three days. All participants will also have health insurance,” he said.

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