With bronze medals in each category, The Chess The Olympiad was a success for the first time host India. But the medal also warrants some stock-taking and post-mortem.
In a somewhat justified euphoria following a big festival, Indian chess will do well in processing underlying messages. Organizing Olympiads is not particularly in demand because of the costs involved.
The USA and China have won gold medals without ever hosting the event. And when India plays in Budapest 2024, they will have only one team in each division and not the cushion of three.
By Rs. More than 90 crores were promised Tamil Nadu Biennial for Excellence Govt. On the other hand, India still cannot have an elite classical round-robin event or a strong GM Norm tournament for indigenous players in the regular chess calendar. Accepting large number of entries for more corpus through entry fee, playing two or more rounds in a day to save extra day rent for playing hall, absence of tiebreak play, lack of dynamic tournament format and large base of low rated players (below Elo 2200) are the realities. With which Indian chess is struggling.
The performance of the young players (India 2) ahead of the elite players and the slump of the women’s team is a potential eye-opener. Praveen ThipseThe former seven-time national champion and head of delegation to the Olympics felt the men’s B team players were ready for more battle.
“We cannot have a fixed selection formula. Some players may be very strong in Elo rating. But that does not mean they are ready for the Swiss League team events which pose different challenges,” said Thipse.
“I think only three of the five players should be on rated strength and the remaining two should be selected on form, adaptability and scores under the pressure of a Swiss league team event. The players who play mostly maintain their rated strength. In closed tournaments it May or may not be.”
There is also a big concern about the qualitative gap between male and female players. Compared to 73 male GMs, India has only two female GMs (or Hampi and D Harika). Hampi Said: “It is believable Harika Played despite her (pregnancy) condition. But we have to find more women players in the system. Thipse also advocated for dedicated tournaments for women only (both open tournaments and closed WGM events). But will women-only events help girls take the next step? That is a question that needs to be asked.
Former Olympian Murnalini Kunte He said: “As a former player, I want a strict rule that both boys and girls play together in the same division. But that would have its problems… When I was playing, if there were 200-300 decent male players. In India, there were only There were 50 girls. If we had forced these girls to play in the open division, many would have dropped out. So, there are no clear answers.”
GM Tejas Bakare, India’s C captain at the Olympiad, said: “The ‘Chess in Schools’ program needs to cover a wide area and diversity of school children from different financial backgrounds to strengthen chess culture and expose talent with coaching camps. Free GM coaching for talented players. should be considered as the cost is beyond the reach of the common man.”
More and more Indian players breaking the Elo 2700 barrier is a good sign (India currently has five in the elite club). But unlike other professional sports – where the calendar of the year is announced in advance and the points offered are also announced so that everyone can plan – it is completely absent in chess.
New Vice President of FIDE V Anand It has talked about “greater inclusiveness” as one of its goals. If words are translated into actions, a major deficiency in the brain game—the lack of a level-playing field—can be mitigated.