Coimbatore: World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand on Wednesday said that he has not yet given up his idea of setting up a chess academy but admitted that he could not do it because of the time constraints.

"Definitely, it is there in my mind. However, preoccupation and time constraints have become impediment to the venture," Anand said.

On whether he would prefer to set up an academy in Chennai, Anand said, "We will see. It is there in my mind.

However, there are no immediate plans for this."

Asked why chess was not becoming popular in the country despite his exploits, Anand said that the game was not a traditional one and had not reached every nook and corner of the country.

He also said that he is trying to popularise the game through the initiative of NIIT MyChamp.

NIIT MyChamp scheme has helped more than one million students to learn chess, even reaching to some non-traditional areas in North.

Anand said a recent study had revealed that by playing chess, students can improve their academic performance, particularly in subjects like Mathematics and Science.

The legend also added that he would visit several cities, including Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Nagpur in the next 10 days to motivate more people to take up chess.

All India open chess tourney at Kozhikode from June 24

National 'A' level chess players will be in action at the five-day All India open Rating Chess Tournament, which will get underway in Kozhikode on Friday.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Wednesday, PT Ummer Koya, former Vice-President of World Chess Federation, said prominent national players who would be participating include
five time senior state chess champion N Majid and former youth champion N Santosh Kumar.

Former Kerala university champion Rahul R and National Sub-junior stars Arjun Adappa and rish Shenoy will also be vying for top honours, he said.

About 20 players will be selected from the championship for a long-term coaching camp, he added.

The tournament has been organised by Kerala Chess Association.

(Agencies)