Anand to launch chess academy

Chennai: Legendary Indian chess player Viswanathan Anand has joined hands with WestBridge Capital to launch a chess academy, through which the five-time world champion will train youngsters. The academy, named WestBridge-Anand Chess Academy, has taken on board five of the country’s most promising players to be trained by Anand. The initial list of trainees and grantees of the WACA Fellowship are: R Praggnanandhaa (15 years old), Nihal Sarin (16), Raunak Sadhwani (15), D Gukesh (14) and Praggnanandhaa’s sister R Vaishali (19). “Chess has made a lot of progress in the last 20 years. Many players in the country have the potential, under the right guidance, to make it to the top ten and even become world champions,” Anand said. PTI

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