Chennai has been gripped by Chess fever recently with simply 4 days remaining for the forty fourth Chess Olympiad. Earlier than the mega occasion kicks in, the chess extravaganza has continued. Town on Sunday held a curtain raiser to evaluate the preparations forward of the event which is predicted to seize many eyeballs.
Additionally, just a few thousand folks took half in an Olympiad particular run organized with in the metropolis at present forward of the celebrated event. State Ministers together with MA Subramanian, TM Anbarasan, and PK Sekar Babu amongst others have been current on the occasion.
As many as 1,414 gamers took half within the check event held in varied age classes.
The curtain raiser event was carried out in the identical corridor at present that may host the forty fourth Chess Olympiad, making a world report by turning into the biggest Open ever the place all of the video games have been performed on digital boards. The Tamil Nadu authorities is leaving no stone unturned within the efforts to make the Olympiad an enormous success. GM Vishnu Prasanna of Tamil Nadu was the highest-rated participant within the fray and justified the highest billing by notching 9 wins from as many video games on this Swiss League occasion which carried a prize purse of Rs 500000.
AICF president Dr. Sanjay Kapoor was happy with the proceedings and mentioned, “We look like hitting the report books with a regularity, which is excess of what we anticipated. Our onerous work is reaping dividend, first with a world report with 187 nations registering, the very best ever within the historical past of the Olympiad and at present this“.
The chess Olympiad is being held in India for the primary time and the event can be held at close by Mamallapuram. Gamers from over 180 nations can be collaborating within the Olympiad with three Indian groups every within the Open and girls’s sections.
‘Thambi’, the mascot of the marquee occasion, will be seen at varied locations within the metropolis whereas the enduring Napier Bridge has been painted in black and white colours to resemble a chess board. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the occasion on the Nehru Indoor Stadium right here on July 28 within the presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Ok Stalin whereas the matches will start from July 29 and go on until August 10.
Chief Minister Stalin himself has been on the forefront, supervising the preparations and visiting the venue to examine the preparations.
(Inputs from PTI)