The Indian chess federation is anti-player: vice president of the world body

Chennai, December 5 () The FIDE vice president of the world chess body, Nigel Short, alleged Thursday that the Indian Federation (AICF) is anti-player, as it must still fully implement the order of the Competition Commission for India to restore the qualifications of some players

Short, a British Grand Master, was answering a question about restoring the qualifications of players who were banned by the AICF for participating in unrecognized tournaments.

I think there are people within the AICF who, in my personal opinion, are against the player. The president of FIDE (Arkady Dvorkovich) had said that players should restore their rankings. It is not an external decision, the ICC ruled against the AICF, He told reporters here.

We, at FIDE, support the players. There are more chess players on the FIDE governing council than before. We have restored the FIDE rankings of many Indian players. When there are some people whose lives have been taken away for a decade. The JRC has decided that it is wrong. Still the matter has not been resolved, he said.

Short, who lost the world title clash against Garry Kasparov in 1992, also said 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 were not agreement.

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 praised the five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, and said that the ace of India 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. SS PDS PDS