Arjun Erigaisi upbeat about India’s chances in chess Olympiad

Chennai, Jun 6 (AFP): Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi, who has seen his stock rise in the past few months, is upbeat about India’s chances in the upcoming chess Olympiad.

The 18-year-old chess player from Telangana has won a handful of tournaments so far this year and has become the highest-rated Indian in the world blitz rankings at 13th.

The young GM, who aims to break the 2700 (Elo) barrier soon, believes the Indian teams are strong and could do well in the 44th Olympiad later this year. His current FIDE rating is 2681 in the Classical category and 2745 (in Blitz).

Having won the Challengers section in the prestigious Tata Steel chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee (the Netherlands) earlier this year and earning the opportunity to compete in the Masters section in 2023, he has been getting better over time.

Erigaisi, however, feels he has not done anything specific, saying “I don’t think anything specific has changed in matches since 2021. I have been working the same way, and just that I am putting in more effort.”

“I think I have been playing a lot of tournaments and that is helping me improve my game also and the opening…earlier they used to be kind of a weakness but now that is an area where I do better,” Erigaisi, who also won the Delhi Open and the national championship earlier this year, told told PTI in an interaction.