Anand, however, said his career is far from over. "Retiring from the sport has not crossed my mind and it is the last thing I can think of. I am only 40 and I will play as long as I can and enjoy playing. Right now I am focused and looking forward to the chess season."
"We have about 8000 chess clubs, encompassing a million students across the country. The idea is to cover as many schools as possible. I am confident that if the 'Mind Champions' program is implemented properly, India will be the foremost chess nation once again," added Anand.
- Chess Clubs - active ones of course, are very important and crucial for a country to propel in chess. How many do we have in Malaysia? How many are active? Have the chess clubs in Malaysia get the proper support and assistance?
- Schools play the important role in developing chess. A SIMPLE FACT. Need to outreach and cover as many schools as possible. How about in Malaysia? How many schools are active in chess? We need more schools like MBSS, SJK(C) Kepong, SK Jenjarom and SK Bukit Jelutong. What efforts have been done to promote chess in schools? Have chess associations and schools, education offices i.e. PPDs (District Education Offices), JPNs (State Education Departments) and KPM (Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia) work hand in hand in developing and promoting chess?
- Chess development programs MUST be implemented properly for Malaysia to be in the world chess map. What chess developments programs do we have in this country? Do the responsible authorities and parties have such programs or plans?