Grandmaster Nigel Short, who is the current vice-president of world chess body (FIDE), has been quite vocal about issues facing Indian chess.

In fact, in 2019 he spoke strongly against the All India Chess Federation (AICF) being anti-player and authoritarian.

In an exclusive chat with Sportstar on Tuesday on Skype, the 55-year-old Brit welcomed the new AICF body. Short was happy that the impasse in Indian chess administration was finally over. “I am glad that AICF had the elections. It has been finally resolved through the ballot box and not through the courts. This is the beginning of a new dawn,” he said.

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