Chess: Adhiban believes he can be among best

By C Shyam Sundar Published on Feb 21, 2017 06:45 AM IST

Chennai: Bhaskaran Adhiban has come through the ranks, so to speak.

The Mayiladuthurai-born player shone bright at the junior level and won the world championship in 2008 and has since been a fixture on the chess firmament, with consistent performances.

The 25-year-old was in the news recently for some strong performances in the Tata Steel Masters tournament played Wijj Aan Zee, the Netherlands. He beat world championship challenger Sergey Karjakin and held positional advantage for a while before holding world champion Magnus Carlsen to a creditable draw.

Adhiban is happy about the performance in the tournament and is looking to build on it. Also, he rated the win over Karjakin as probably the best of his career, so far. In an e-mail interaction, the Tamilnadu player, also a former national champion spoke about the drawn game against Carslen and his future plans. He also thanked his employer Indian Oil Corporation and All India Chess Federation for their continuous support.

EXCERPTS OF THE INTERVIEW

Q: How do you look back at your performances in the Tata Steel Masters chess tournament recently?

A: It is my best performance in my career so far and I am happy to have made my mark against the elite!

Q: Beating Karjakin and holding world champion Magnus Carlsen in the same tournament must give you a lot of confidence. Tell us about that.

A: Yes, beating Karjakin and holding Carlsen were defi nitely the best moments in Tata Steel Masters. I felt I could fight with them on equal terms and that helped me give my best.

Q: Is the victory over Karjakin the best of your career?

A: Yes he is the best and the highest rated I have beat in my career so far.

Q: Tell us about the match against Carlsen, in which you were said to have enjoyed positional superiority.

A: I have been dreaming about playing him ever since his match with Viswanathan Anand in Chennai 2013, It was a pity that I couldn’t win but still I felt I played a good game.

Q: You are currently ranked around 2682, what plans you have to break the 2700-barrier?

A: Soon I will play in Aeroflot Open, I just want to keep my full focus and continue giving my best in every tournament I play.

Q: Vishy Anand has inspired countless children to take up chess. Is he your idol too?

A: Of course! He has showed us that is possible to not just become a world champion and also defend it successfully many times. Because of him the popularity in chess has boomed over the last few years.

Q: Indian chess has come a long way in recent years with the number of GMs and IMs increasing exponentially. What do u think is the reason behind this?

A: Hard work has always been our trademark and hence thanks to that and many opportunities to participate in the international events and jobs in Oil and Railway sector. Hence people have realised it is possible to take up chess as a profession and also be successful in it. This motivates many to take up chess.