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Asian chess Chess

Chess in Asia has a long history as the game actually originated in this subcontinent and was developed by Arabs, and finally given its modern form by Europeans. But Asians entered the international chess scene rather late. Mir Sultan Khan was the first Indian master to make his mark in the international arena. He was recognised as a world class player but his chess career was very short (1929-33). India had to wait for another 30 years to get its first International Master--Manual Aaron. Other Asian nations were not really doing much better in the 1960's.

Eugene Torre became the first Asian and Philipino grandmaster in 1974. Torre was considered to have the potential to challenge Karpov. But he didn't live up to the expectations of his fans, though he is still going strong and has made the Philippines first board his private preserve. The appearance of the Chinese players in international tournaments in the mid-seventies was another important development. China has so far produced many grandmasters and their national team has been performing consistently in chess olympiads. Iran also had a strong team in the seventies, but things went awfully wrong for the Iranian players with the 1979 revolution. Today they have staged a comeback and are doing well in international tournaments.

Emergence of Niaz Murshed, the first grandmaster of this subcontinent, was a sensational event. He won the coveted title in 1986 and that also pushed Asian chess a step forward.

But the biggest breakthrough came when Viswanathan Anand began to win tournament after tournament at the very top level of world chess. He is by far the best player Asia has ever produced. His successes also inspired other Indians to take up chess professionally and opened the doors for private sponsorship to flow in.

In fact, even some Russian grandmasters believe India and China will become the world leaders in chess by the year 2015! There may be truth in it, since thousands of players are now participating in hundreds of tournaments held in India every year. What else do you need to produce another Anand?

White- V Anand
Black-B Macieja [B17]
New Delhi 2000

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bc4 Ngf6 6.Ng5 e6 7.Qe2 Nb6 8.Bb3 h6 9.N5f3 a5 10.a4 c5 11.Bf4 Bd6 12.Ne5 00 13.Ngf3 Nbd5 14.Bg3 Qc7 15.dxc5 Qxc5 16.00 b6 17.Rfd1 Ba6 18.c4 Rad8 19.Nd4!N Bxe5 20.Bxe5 Nb4 21.Nb5 Bxb5 22.cxb5!? Rxd1+ 23.Rxd1 Rc8? 24.Bxf6 gxf6 25.Bxe6!+- fxe6 26.Qxe6+ Kh8 27.Qxf6+ Kg8 28.Qe6+ Kh8 29.Qxh6+ Kg8 30.Qe6+ Kh8 31.h3 Rf8 32.Qh6+ Kg8 33.Qg6+ Kh8 34.Qg3! Qc2? 35.Rd4 1-0


Position after 25.Be6!


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