HYDERABAD: For the young chess brains, it was an interaction which they will not easily forget. For, it was none other than GM Elibzar Ubilava, former ‘second’ to Viswanathan Anand and now with the Indian team, who came up with some invaluable pieces of advice to the ‘future’ champions in his own inimitable style.
“I am sure India will be a force to reckon with because of abundance of talent,” he insists, adding “I am amazed at the profound interest these kids have in the game and with also the spark of brilliance in some of them.”
In the city for a 10-day camp, the Russian Grandmaster thinks very high of Koneru Humpy. “It’s not a joke to be ranked World No.2 for so long and it is a reflection of her great repertoire in different aspects of the game,” the 59-year-old seasoned coach pointed out.
By this, he doesn’t mean that Krishnan Sasikiran and Pentyala Harikrishna are not potential world champions. “But, one must acknowledge the plain fact that competition in men’s circuit has been the toughest imaginable. So, it is very difficult for them to realise their dream but not certainly impossible. The level of preparations by each player in the elite group is amazing. You have to be extremely brilliant and consistent to win the world title in the demanding men’s league,” he explains.
“And for the good, there are many other younger players from India who are really catching up with these two,” Ubilava remarked. Shyam Nikhil, national under-17 champion, aptly sums up the mood of the trainees in the camp when he emphasises that most of them will be much better and more knowledgeable players at the end of it all.
For his part, Revanth Reddy, Asian under-8 gold medallist believes he is much more confident player after just a couple of sessions. Ubilava could perhaps turn out to be the catalyst in producing a few world champions from the capital.