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42 minutes ago, Gollum said:

Think Alireza is destined to be a world champ, reminds me of young Anand and not just the speed. GM Sokolov said the same much before his meteoric rise. https://www.chessbase.in/news/Sokolov-on-Iran-chess 

French federation will take good care of him unlike the Iranians. 

 

Esipenko is another big threat, but unclear about status of Russian chess prospects after Putin's madness, they are facing bans in most tournaments and hence may never fulfil their potential. Already because of COVID many youngsters were denied valuable game time (during formative years when we see max rating jumps, increase in chess understanding etc.) much to the delight of the Carlsen generation. Then there is the German Keymer (trained under Anand because of the Hans-Walter Schmitt connection), couple of strong Uzbeks and American kids. Rest of the contenders are our boys, as per Kramnik 4-5 of them have WC potential. So expecting great things even if Alireza is a hindrance for a few years. 

good to hear, bro.

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1 hour ago, Mariyam said:

Who is the person on the left?

GM Sandipan Chanda from Kolkata. Not a strong GM but very well regarded as coach/trainer. He assisted Anand in a couple of world championship matches. Few years ago he would accompany Anand to almost every tournament in Europe/USA, him and a couple of Polish guys (Wojtaszek, Gajewski) as seconds....most top players have a team of seconds to assist their prep. Pays well the role of second, much more than what these 2500-2600 GMs could hope to earn as prize money or via teaching/commentating. Also some upcoming players take this role to improve their game (imbibe qualities/knowledge from the best, expand opening repertoire, training methods etc), for instance Wojtaszek was a lowly 2600 GM when he joined Anand's team, later became top 10 player. 14th World Champion Kramnik was Kasparov's second in the 1995 world title match against Anand, went on to take the crown from Kasparov in 2000, probably the most famous example. 

 

From St Louis I think, same guy Sandipan Chanda

Vishy's December #02 - Inspiration, teammate, second! - ChessBase India

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On 6/13/2022 at 2:42 PM, Gollum said:

GM Sandipan Chanda from Kolkata. Not a strong GM but very well regarded as coach/trainer. He assisted Anand in a couple of world championship matches. Few years ago he would accompany Anand to almost every tournament in Europe/USA, him and a couple of Polish guys (Wojtaszek, Gajewski) as seconds....most top players have a team of seconds to assist their prep. Pays well the role of second, much more than what these 2500-2600 GMs could hope to earn as prize money or via teaching/commentating. Also some upcoming players take this role to improve their game (imbibe qualities/knowledge from the best, expand opening repertoire, training methods etc), for instance Wojtaszek was a lowly 2600 GM when he joined Anand's team, later became top 10 player. 14th World Champion Kramnik was Kasparov's second in the 1995 world title match against Anand, went on to take the crown from Kasparov in 2000, probably the most famous example. 

 

From St Louis I think, same guy Sandipan Chanda

Vishy's December #02 - Inspiration, teammate, second! - ChessBase India

we need valuable supporting players like him; much like how ian harvey was not a gun player, but played an effective supporting role.

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30 minutes ago, Vijy said:

we need valuable supporting players like him; much like how ian harvey was not a gun player, but played an effective supporting role.

Plenty, now we are exporting.

 

GM Adhiban Baskaran with the Georgian women's team
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1 hour ago, Gollum said:

Plenty, now we are exporting.

 

GM Adhiban Baskaran with the Georgian women's team
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bloody hell. can't we keep them at home? I would rather see them being used for Indian chess' own betterment.

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1 hour ago, Vijy said:

bloody hell. can't we keep them at home? I would rather see them being used for Indian chess' own betterment.

Ham log import bhi karte hai. Former challenger GM Gelfand in Chennai right now running a training camp for Olympiad hopefuls. Kramnik too was here last year.

 

Chess is truly global now, lots of intermingling of nationalities. Moreover as long as our players get the best financial opportunities, good for them, if some foreign federation can ensure a living for one of our own, good for everybody involved. Tough to make a living with chess for most 2600s and all 2500s....most such GMs in USA, Europe are forced to work elsewhere to supplement their income. Just like all other sports, as long as you are in the elite you'll be well taken care of. Nahi toh dikkat hai. This applies to even rich sports like tennis, golf. 

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22 minutes ago, Gollum said:

Ham log import bhi karte hai. Former challenger GM Gelfand in Chennai right now running a training camp for Olympiad hopefuls. Kramnik too was here last year.

 

Chess is truly global now, lots of intermingling of nationalities. Moreover as long as our players get the best financial opportunities, good for them, if some foreign federation can ensure a living for one of our own, good for everybody involved. Tough to make a living with chess for most 2600s and all 2500s....most such GMs in USA, Europe are forced to work elsewhere to supplement their income. Just like all other sports, as long as you are in the elite you'll be well taken care of. Nahi toh dikkat hai. This applies to even rich sports like tennis, golf. 

I guess you are right, but I still find it irksome when good talent from Ind get poached abroad - all too common in various fields ranging from sports to sci/tech. I understand, of course, this is a 2-way street and there have been some good foreign coaches in various sports (e.g., hockey).

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