The Hindu Slipping in Chess Coverage

With the Candidates chess tournament now under way in Moscow, to pick a challenger for reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen I have been keenly following the results. With former champion Viswanathan Anand among the players, I have been turning to the three Indian news Apps I have on my phone:

The Hindu has been a disappointment with the App having no room for chess. ToI scores over both The Hindu and NDTV.

Even the online edition of The Hindu just has limited coverage on the event. ToI’s coverage is detailed.

Anand is in the third position at the end of Round 8, half a point behind leaders Sergey Karjakin and Levon Aronian. With six more rounds to go, it is going to be interesting to watch if Anand is able to make up for lost ground and have another chance to win the title back from Carlsen.

There was a time when chess coverage was a big differentiator for The Hindu. I will not just ascribe it to the emergence of V Anand as a world champion. Tamil Nadu has consistently been a State producing the country’s best chess players such as Manuel Aaron, the country’s first International Master.

In recent times, though, Andhra moved ahead to justifiably claim that honour with players like Harikrishna and Koneru Humpy doing India proud.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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