On the lines of cricket, now the Indian Chess Federation is talking about organizing the Chase Premier League. The new president of the Indian Chess Federation, Dr. Sanjay Kapoor, is making new plans in India for this game. He says that during the Corona era, the sales of the Chase Board in India increased by 500 times last year. He is also talking to the Union Minister of Education to include chess in the government schools of India. They believe that the younger generation of India is interested in online games, so they will definitely want to play this game too. The new president of the Indian Chess Federation, Dr. Sanjay Kapoor, spoke to NDTV correspondent Vimal Mohan to shed light on his plans.
Question: Why do you suddenly have high expectations from chess in India?
Sanjay KapuR: See, Indian Indian chess may not have thought big or not before, but we think that there is a lot of potential in India for this game. The other sports may have suffered damage during the Corona epidemic, but the sales of the chase board increased nearly 500 times. The younger generation of India plays e-games. Uses the Internet to its fullest. If children can play a game like ‘Pabji’ then why can’t they play chess.
Question: What are the new plans for Chase?
Sanjay Kapoor: We want India to achieve the top position in the world in this game. For this, we have to include it in the curriculum of all schools. We are also talking to education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank ji about this. Not only this, we have also made plans for National Chess Academy on the lines of National Cricket Academy. We have also talked to many states about this.
Question: You don’t think the popularity of this game is a big challenge …
Sanjay Kapoor: I believe that the media has a big role in it. We are also talking about CPL i.e. Chase Premier League on the lines of IPL soon. We have also talked to some sponsors. Soon we will tell you about it in detail. See this game in India has more than 60 Grand Master, about 125 International Master, 20 Woman Grandmaster, 42 Woman International Master and more than 33000 rated players. They all have to be credited for this. This game has to be taken on high. It is not a glamorous sport but the importance of this sport is not less.
Question: What is Viswanathan Anand or other grandmaster saying about this ..
Sanjay Kapoor: All the veterans like Super Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, Grandmaster Koneru Hampi have high hopes from us. We hope that we will meet their criteria and this game will soon achieve a different place in the world through India.