World No. 2 Koneru Humpy believes India has a very strong side at the online Chess Olympiad beginning on Friday.
The star-studded squad comprises the likes of five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, Pendyala Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi, Dronavalli Harika, R. Vaishali and teen sensations Nihal Sarin and R. Praggnanandhaa.
“I am happy to be part of this team and I hope it will be an exciting tournament,” Humpy told Sportstar over phone from Vijayawada on Wednesday. “India has good chances but in rapid and blitz chess, reputations don’t matter much.”
India, which has been seeded directly to the top division, has some strong rivals in Group A. “China will of course be a tough challenge,” she said. “But I think Iran, Germany, Georgia and Vietnam have also some very good players.”
Humpy said she started to enjoy playing…