"Online chess is the way to go" - The Times of India interviews Anish Giri

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6/20/2020 – As the Chessable Masters is about to begin, Anish Giri talked to the Times of India about the future of online chess. The Dutch star thinks that "all the positive things that happened to chess online (like the tournament and twitch and youtube streamers) are there to stay". | Photo: FIDE

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An optimistic view

CHENNAI: Anish Giri, fresh from his victory at the Dodgy Invitational, will line up against the best in business in the upcoming Chessable Masters which starts off from June 20. In a chat with TOI, the Dutch GM spoke on how online chess has kept the sport alive at the covid19 pandemic and more.

How much confidence will you take from the fact that you were able to beat Magnus Carlsen in the last leg of MC Invitational — when you play him at the Chessable Masters?

The first event of the MC tour was a lot different in its format, and I had suffered from a tough start. It took a few days till I made a comeback, against Magnus Carlsen himself, beating him in the match. This is certainly something that will give me confidence in times of need, but obviously each new tournament has its own unique dynamic.

You won the Dodgy Invitational a few days ago. Do you feel online tournaments will be the way to go considering the pandemic isn’t looking like stopping anytime soon?

Actually I’m hearing some rumours about the resumption of some closed classical events within the next half a year. In the meantime, obviously online chess is the way to go. Even when the over the board tournaments resume, I expect the efforts that chess organizers and players have put into the world of online chess will not be wasted and all the positive things that happened to chess online (like the tournament and twitch and youtube streamers) are there to stay. 

Do you see the Candidates taking place in the coming months?

I expect FIDE to make the announcement relatively soon. I hope the covid19 situation in the world will soon resolve, it will be good for the Candidates tournament, but mostly also for life in general. 

Read the full interview at the Times of India


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