J.R. Shridharan

vijayawada: India is emerging as a powerhouse in chess with the recent success of Vishwananthan Anand at the world chess championship against Russian Grandmaster and also the medal-winning performances of young Indians at the world age group chess championship in Vietnam, according to All India Chess Federation (AICF) secretary D.V. Sundar.

Speaking at the inaugural of the 38th National Junior and 23rd National Junior Girls’ Chess Championship in the air-conditioned hall of Sasi Institute of Technology and Engineering at Tadepalligudem on Monday, Mr. Sundar said that the tournament would bring to light a few more champion players.

“The West Godavari District Chess Association deserves a pat on its back for organising a national event in a short span of time. AP has always been on the forefront in producing quality chess players and it is the responsibility of the parents and coaches to nurture the talent,” he felt.

Mr. Sundar said Indian players took the world by surprise by winning as many as eight medals in the world age group chess championship that concluded in Vietnam recently.

Pat for hosts

He also appreciated the management of the Sasi Institute of Technology and Engineering for offering the college premises as a venue for the tourney and thanked the sponsors Goenka and Gopalakrishna for their support.

Commissioner of Income Tax V. Naga Prasad said chess not only enhances the brain power but also builds character. “It is so nice to see so many young players from all over the country participating in the tournament. I wish more Anands will emerge from this tournament,” he hoped. Andhra Pradesh Chess Association chairman Narasimha Reddy, secretary Kanna Reddy, president Shiva Prasad and others took part in the function. The organising committee also felicitated some of the winners of the Vietnam tourney, who were here to take part in the tournament.