Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu: Star India chess participant Dronavalli Harika is raring to go all out and provides her finest shot to win a medal on the forty fourth Chess Olympiad, kickstarting on Thursday in Mamallapurm, Chennai. The 31-year-old has been the spine of the Indian ladies’s group on the Olympiad for the final 18 years. Taking part in her eighth Olympiad in a row, Harika is within the means of setting the nationwide report of steady successive Olympiad appearances since she made her debut in 2004.
“I’m optimistic about our possibilities however don’t wish to put any strain on ourselves. After all, we’re the highest seeds on paper however on the finish of the day, it issues on how we carry out collectively,” Harika stated.
Pregnant within the superior levels, Harika stated she continues to be in the very best form mentally and is set to provide her finest. “Off board I’ve tried to maintain myself in the most effective form potential and chess-wise have stored up my follow and performed in some on-line chess occasions until final week to remain in contact. I’m very pleased with the Crew composition and I’m certain that we are going to be aspiring to carry out above our capability.”
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The mix of Koneru Humpy on the highest board and Harika on the second board gives an nearly insurmountable barrier for his or her opponents and eases the strain on the decrease boards.
Conscious of the challenges mendacity forward of the group, Harika named Ukraine, Georgia, Poland, USA and Kazakhstan amongst the groups to be careful for on the occasion.
“All of us are intent on performing nicely in order that sponsors get motivated to host an increasing number of prestigious tournaments in India. The notion of chess has modified for the optimistic in India and internet hosting this Olympiad could have a huge impact in all facets of chess,” she added.
India’s finest effort has been a fourth place in 2012 Olympiad in Turkey the place Harika had secured a person silver medal on the second board.
Harika is likely one of the most embellished Indian gamers having received quite a few medals at age classes and in open classes. She is a ‘Padmashree’ awardee and one of the vital stable and constant gamers on the Indian chess scene and this time too she guarantees, “I’ve mentally willed to provide my finest.”
India is internet hosting the celebrated occasion for the first-time ever and it’ll go on until August 10.