The 44th version of the chess Olympiad will be held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, not long from now, Chief Minister MK Stalin said on Tuesday, March 15. The Chess Olympiad is a biennial group event held over a fourteen-day period.Members from around 190 nations compete in the Olympiad.
The chess Olympiad should be held in Moscow between July 26 and August 8. In any case, the arrangement was changed after the Russia-Ukraine war.
It will be whenever an Olympiad is first held in India. Bharat Singh Chauhan, the secretary of the All Indian Chess Federation and the competition chief, considered it a “notable public interview” and a “pivotal turning point for us all.”
He noticed how quickly everything occurred, from the second FIDE chose to drop Moscow until Chennai was affirmed. The setting will be the Four Points by Sheraton Mahabalipuram Resort and Convention Center, 60 kilometres south of Chennai.
It is situated in Mamallapuram, one of the most popular tourist locales in India and a UNESCO World Heritage Site of seventh-and eighth-century Hindu landmarks.
“It was extremely fast. We met the central priest, M. K. Stalin, and in somewhere around five minutes, he concurred. “
The authority’s endorsement letter was sent a couple of hours after the fact, and on exactly the same day, 1,200 rooms were reserved in inns in Mamallapuram. “Presently, we have booked almost 3,000 rooms, so things are moving rapidly,” claimed Bharat Singh.
Dr. Sanjay Kapoor, the leader of the AICF and the leader of the getting sorted out advisory group, referred to Chennai as “the Mecca of chess in India” and said it was a “matter of pride” for Tamil Nadu and Chennai to have the Olympiad.
Situated in the Bay of Bengal in the southeastern Indian province of Tamil Nadu, Chennai has the unbelievable fifteenth title holder, Viswanathan Anand, among its 7,000,000 occupants, as well as the capable rising star GM Praggnanandhaa R.
Chennai’s chess traditions date back much further, as the first Indian player to ever win the world championship, Manuel Aaron, grew up in the city. After the 2013 big showdown between Anand and GM Magnus Carlsen, it will be the first Olympiad held in India and the greatest chess occasion Chennai has ever facilitated.
The last over-the-board Olympiad, the 43rd version, was held in 2018 in Batumi, Georgia. The 2020 Olympiad was initially granted to Minsk, yet the city pulled out of its application following the political distress in Belarus.
Online Olympiads were held in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID pandemic, while the new over-the-board Olympiad was deferred and granted to Moscow. The conflict in Ukraine constrained FIDE to move the occasion to some other time.
The Indian coordinators have set themselves the significant undertaking of pulling off a memorable accomplishment: setting up an Olympiad in only four months.
Bharat Singh said how “The involvement in the Delhi Chess Open, the biggest event of its sort on the planet, will be of major assistance, as we have proactively managed huge numbers. In any case, the Olympiad is a major event. I’m certain we will make it the best. “
Published by – Kiruthiga K
Edited by – Kritika Kashyap