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Indian chess needs nurturing: Anand

Hyderabad: Chess wizard Viswanathan Anand on Tuesday said Indian chess was on an upswing but needed to be nurtured further to tackle the Chinese hegemony in Asia.

Speaking about the World Cup tournament, Anand said: “It was a tough one and some young Indians were seen playing very good chess against strong players.”

He said players like Koneru Humpy, Harikrishna, Meenakshi and Sasikiran have talent and a bright future.

About his progress in the tournament, the world champion said: “Since the format does not give you the benefit of knowing your opponent well in advance, I came here with an open mind but I did work hard to get to the top”.

Praising runner-up Rustam Kasimdzhanov of Uzbekistan, he said the young 22-year old has very strong qualities.

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