Viswanathan Anand has yet again batted for chess’ inclusion in Olympics, saying the sport can fit into either Summer or Winter Games. “It would be wonderful for chess. Definitely we can fit into either Games; Winter or Summer. And I believe it’s probably one of the least complicated sports. So it should be a fairly easy sport to get in. So I hope it will happen. It will impact chess in a lot of countries, at a lot of levels, being part of the Olympics. That would be a big leap for chess. Very enthusiastic if that happens,” said the five-time world champion on Thursday.
The chess legend is in Kolkata to participate in the Tata Steel Chess, to be played in Rapid and Blitz formats, with 11 top-ranked players from around the world.
Anand has come to Kolkata after 26 years to play chess. Last time, when he came here in 1992, he was a 23-year-old, the country’s first-ever GM.