New Delhi: Fresh from his tied first position in the recently concluded Durban Open, young Grandmaster Sahaj Grover is gearing up for the junior world championship in Pune and said that chess will soon become the most popular sport of the country after cricket.
"I have a strong feeling that chess will become the most popular sport after cricket. See cricket, I believe is not just a sport; it's a religion. But chess, slowly but steadily, is soon gaining ground and will really catch the imagination of one and all through proper publicity, of course," the 19-year-old Delhi boy said.
Sahaj, who made a mark by clinching the world under-10 chess title in 2005, is keen to make his presence felt in the junior world championship starting on Monday, which is organised by the Maharashtra Chess Association under the auspices of All India Chess Federation (AICF) and World Chess Federation (Federation Internationale des Echecs, known as FIDE from its French acronym).