Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

The forty fourth version of Chess Olympiad might be held from 28 July to 10 August at Mahabalipuram close to Chennai. Right now the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi flagged off the torch relay for the primary time for the Chess Olympiad!

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With a formidable ceremony on the IG Stadium in New Delhi, India welcomed chess gamers and chess fraternity from internationally to have a good time the primary torch relay on the Chess Olympiad. In response to News9live, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovic handed over the torch to the prime minister, who handed it on to the good Viswanathan Anand.

The torch might be taken to 75 cities in a span of 40 days earlier than reaching Mahabalipuram and at every location the state chess grandmaster will obtain the torch. The celebrations started with conventional dances from India depicting 64 squares, and through the present, the hosts showcased the historical past of chess, its origins and its improvement.

The forty fourth version of the Chess Olympiad was initially scheduled to be held in Russia. Nonetheless, with the war-like state of affairs between Russia and Ukraine, FIDE started looking for new hosts and invited new bidders. The robust efforts of the federation and All India Chess Federation secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan introduced the unimaginable into actuality as FIDE gave India the appropriate to host the Olympiads which have been happening for the final 95 years. Therefore, within the practically 100-year historical past of Chess Olympiad, that is the primary time that India will host the distinguished occasion.

“We’re proud that the game emerged from its birthplace and has made its presence felt everywhere in the world. We’re delighted to see chess return to its birthplace and have a good time its success within the type of Chess Olympiad. PM Modi Mentioned, “Wrestling, Kabaddi, Malkhamb had been performed in India to remain match and our ancestors invented chess for analytical expertise. Chess traveled everywhere in the world and have become widespread. Right now chess has change into an academic instrument, chess gamers have gotten downside solvers!”

With 188 nations registered for the Olympiad, India is all set to witness an enormous congregation of countries for a sporting occasion on Indian soil for the primary time.

Discover out extra concerning the forty fourth version of the Chess Olympiad on the official web site.

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