Indians shine Chess
of the Indians is one of the most sensational developments
in recent years. They were seeded fifth at the Mallorca Olympiad
and finished sixth. That was no doubt an excellent performance.
Anand's return to the team, after quite a few years, is perhaps
the reason why the team suddenly started playing superbly.
Anand is leading a team of highly talented players like K
Shashikiran, P Harikrishna, Suryashekhar Ganguly and Sandipan
Chanda, the third grandmaster from West Bengal. The Indians
very convincingly demonstrated that their fifth seeding had
its point. They defeated some strong teams and held their
own against the top two or three sides with great ease. It
was a wonderful display that spoke volumes for the development
of chess in India. No Asian team had ever finished so high
in an Olympiad.
wonder, even Russian players and coaches believe that India
and China will be the world leaders in the very near future.
They are perhaps right. The number of tournaments organised
in India for players of all categories is amazingly high.
The driving force behind the success story is private sponsorship
which has accelerated the growth of professionalism in every
part of the country. Players having a modest rating are getting
financial support from business houses. And the top players
are playing in strong tournaments abroad on a regular basis.
The game received a big boost after Anand burst into the international
chess scene and eventually won the FIDE world championship.
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girls have also improved beyond measure, though their performance
in the last Olympiad was not that good. Indications are all
there that they will soon compete with the Russian and Georgian
girls at the very top .
following game, Shashikiran , the second Indian grandmaster
to have won some very strong tournaments in Europe, outplays
his compatriot Pantela Harikrishna. He shows his great tactical
prowess in a sacrificial attack. I remember what Indian IM
V Koshy once told me about him 10 years back," You see,
this boy is positionally sound and tactically lethal."
What else do you need to win?
Black-P Harikrishna [A08]
Goodricke, Calcutta 2000
d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c5 4.00 Nc6 5.d3 e6 6.Nbd2 Be7 7.e4 00 8.Re1
b5 9.e5 Nd7 10.Nf1 a5 11.h4 Qc7 12.Bf4 b4 13.Ne3 a4 14.a3
Bb7 15.Ng4 Rfd8 16.Ng5 Nf8 17.h5 h6 18.Nf6+ Bxf6 19.exf6 e5
20.fxg7 exf4 21.gxf8Q+ Kxf8 22.Nh3 bxa3 23.bxa3 fxg3 24.Qd2
gxf2+ 25.Nxf2 Qd6 26.Ng4 Bc8 27.Nxh6 Qf6 28.c3 Ne5 29.Rf1
Qg7 30.Rae1 Ra6 31.Rxe5 Rxh6 32.Rg5 Qh7 33.Qe2 Be6 34.Qe5
Qh8 35.Qc7 Ke8 36.Qc6+ Rd7 37.Qa8+ Rd8 38.Qxa4+ Kf8 39.Qa5
Rc8 40.Qb6 Rxh5 41.Rxh5 Qxh5 42.Qxe6 Rd8 43.Qf5 10
Position after 17..h6
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