Viswanathan Anand was present when India was given the right to host the Chess Olympics.© NDTV
India has now earned the right to host the biggest chess tournament on the planet. International Chess Federation (FIDE) President Arkady Dvorkovich has officially handed over the hosting rights to India for the hosting of the FIDE 44th World Chess Olympiad 2022. More than 2000 players from around 200 countries will take part in this mega chess tournament. India won the bid to host the 2022 Chess Olympics in Chennai, earlier this year. Due to the Russo-Ukrainian war, FIDE stripped all Russian hosting rights including the Chess Olympics to be held in Moscow between July 26 and August 8, 2022.
The prestigious competition, organized since 1927, will be held in India for the first time and in Asia after 30 years.
The 44th FIDE World Chess Olympics will take place from 28 July 2022 to 10 August 2022 in Chennai. About 2000 participants from over 180 countries will battle it out for the top prize in the competition.
India secured a bid to host the 44th FIDE 2022 World Chess Olympics in Chennai earlier this year.
President of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) and Organizing Committee Dr, Sanjay Kapoor, Tournament Director En. Bharat Singh Chauhan, Principal Secretary of Tamil Nadu Government Youth Sports Welfare & Development Department, IAS Ms. Apoorva, five -time World Chess Grandmaster Champion Viswanathan Anand, Chairman of Gujarat State Cooperative Bank En. Ajay Patel and Member Secretary, Tamil Nadu Sports Development Authority, IAS Dr. R Anandakumar was present to receive the official hosting rights on behalf of India.
The Tamil Nadu government and Chief Minister MK Stalin along with the team at AICF are undertaking a major effort to bring the 44th FIDE 2022 World Chess Olympics to India.
The Chess Olympics will take place from July 28 to August 10 in Chennai.
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