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Business News/ Sports / Sports News/  D Gukesh thanks Viswanathan Anand: Chess Candidates 2024 champion says, '…if it wasn't for him'
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D Gukesh thanks Viswanathan Anand: Chess Candidates 2024 champion says, '…if it wasn't for him'

At the age of 17, D Gukesh is the youngest player to win Chess Candidates 2024 tournament and is one step closer to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming the youngest world champions in chess

Fans seek autographs from Indian chess grandmaster Dommaraju Gukesh on his arrival at the Chennai Airport (PTI)Premium
Fans seek autographs from Indian chess grandmaster Dommaraju Gukesh on his arrival at the Chennai Airport (PTI)

India's chess grandmaster created history on Monday after becoming the youngest champion of Chess Candidates 2024. He is all set to challenge the world champion, Ding Liren of China, at the 2024 World Chess Championship. At 17, D Gukesh is the youngest player to achieve such a landmark feat and is one step closer to fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming the youngest world champion in chess. After returning to India on Thursday, D Gukesh credited former world champion Viswanathan Anand for his victory. 

"Vishy sir has been a huge inspiration to me, and I have heavily benefitted from his academy. I am truly grateful to him and wouldn't have been close to what I am now if it wasn't for him," D Gukesh said after receiving a warm welcome in India from his fans and schoolmates. 

D Gukesh has been trained at the Westbridge-Anand Chess Academy, which was established in 2020 and quickly gained attention for its brilliant students, who won various chess championships. 

India to host World Chess champion 2024

After D Gukesh's historic win at the Chess Candidates 2024 tournament, India is planning to bid to host the World Chess Championship 2024. India's D Gukesh will play against current world champion D Gukesh, and the game is scheduled to take place in November this year. 

All India Chess Federation secretary Dev Patel spoke to news agency PTI and said they will contact FIDE on Friday. The top official said that four states—Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh—are considering hosting the World Chess Champion 2024 if it comes to India. 

"We are still assessing the modalities and technicalities involved in it," a senior AICF official told Hindustan Times.

"These are exciting times for chess in India, and we're trying to explore the best possibilities for hosting the match. We are a new general body; we don't have any experience in hosting any Fide events. There are also views about the pressure playing a match like this at home can have on the player. So, we are trying to gain a comprehensive understanding of the entire situation. We will be chatting with stakeholders to discuss the approximate budget, possible venues, and extended support, if required, from sponsors and the government. Officially, no decision has been made in this regard. We want to do everything we can so that Gukesh can go out there and become world champion," the official said. 

"There are several countries, including India, who've expressed interest. We will decide on the host country by June," a Fide functionary told Hindustan Times. 

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Published: 25 Apr 2024, 04:03 PM IST
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