Chess: Sponsors neglect Indian chess players

Radhika Iyer, TS Sudhir

Tuesday, December 5, 2006 (Hyderabad)

Koneru Humpy let her knights, bishops and pawns to do the talking in Doha.

India’s queen in the world of chess had suffered the ignominy of her sponsor dropping her last year in favour of Rahul Dravid.

“For her to win the women world championship, we are planning to appoint a second, a foreign trainer but the cost is very high,” said Koneru Ashok, Koneru Humpy’s Father and Coach.

Humpy is not the only Indian grandmaster to get a raw deal. Just a year ago, Grandmaster P Harikrishna had told NDTV that he may be forced to quit the game if he did not get a sponsor.

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