The Indian chess federation is anti-player: vice president of FIDE

CHENNAI: world chess governing body FIDE vice president Nigel Short on Thursday he claimed that the Indian federation ( AICF ) It is anti-player since the order of the Competition Commission of India has not yet been fully implemented to restore the rankings of some players.

Short, a British Grandmaster, was responding to a question on restoring the ratings of players who were banned by the AICF for participating in unrecognised tournaments.

I think there are people within the AICF who in my personal opinion are anti-player. The FIDE president (Arkady Dvorkovich) had said the players should have their ratings reinstated. It is not an outside decision, the CCI ruled against the AICF, I've told reporters.

We, at FIDE, support players. There are more chess players in FIDE governing council than earlier. We had restored the FIDE ratings of many Indian players. When you have some people who have had their livelihood taken away for a decade. The CCI has decided it is wrong. Still the matter has not been resolved, he said.

Short, who lost the clash of the world title against Garry Kasparov In 1992, he also said that there was a proposal to have an IPL-style league for sport in India a few years ago, but that chess administrators in the country disagreed.

He said that in India all activities related to chess are under the control of the administrators and in such a situation the game will not flourish in the country.

There is tremendous enthusiasm and love for chess in this country. I would like to see an Indian Premier Chess League. There was a proposal about three years ago, but it did not materialize. I think it is a missed opportunity for chess. players and the public, said Short, who has sparked controversy in the past.

The 54-year-old Englishman was a compliment to the five-time world champion. Viswanathan Anand , saying that the Indian ace was still in the top 10, which showed the amount of dedication and perseverance he had to stay at a very high level.

Chess is a youth game. People reach their peak as in other sports in the 20s and maybe in the 30s and not later. Vishy (Anand) is reaching 50 in a few days. Therefore, the guy cannot be expected to continue indefinitely. Even Mahendra Singh Dhoni loses his touch a little after a while (laughs). So you know that you cannot expect the greatest of the greats to continue producing things day after day.

Vishy actually does remarkably well. He is still in the top 10. Having such a small decline shows the dedication and perseverance he has working on his game to stay at a very high level, he added.

Short also said that India can become a force to take into account in the game worldwide and that it can happen in a short time.

India could easily become the dominant chess nation in a relatively short space of time. I extract the 2030 figure from the air. India has that potential. This is the birthplace of chess. Forget the story, this is where the future lies, he said.

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