Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the historic torch relay of 44th Chess Olympiad
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the historic torch relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad at Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi on 19 June.
The 44th Chess Olympiad will be held in Chennai from July 28 to August 10.
Held since 1927, this competition is being hosted for the first time in India and after 30 years in Asia.
India is the first country to have the Chess Olympiad torch relay.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovic handed over the torch to the Prime Minister, who in turn handed it over to Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand.
The torch will be carried to 75 cities over a period of 40 days before its final finale at Mahabalipuram near Chennai.
Chess masters of the state will get torches at every place.
More than two thousand players from 188 countries will participate in the Chess Olympiad.
About Chess Olympiad
It is a biennial team event, in which teams from around 190 countries compete for honours over a period of two weeks.
This championship has been organised since 1927.
International Chess Federation (FIDE) organises the tournament and selects the host nation.
FIDE is an international organisation based in Switzerland that links various national chess federations and serves as the governing body of international chess competition.
It was founded in Paris, France, on July 20, 1924.
In 1999, FIDE was recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
FIDE President - Arkady Dvorkovich
Vishwanathan Anand of India is the only Indian player who has won a World Chess title .
He has won it five times 2000,2007,2008,2010,2012.
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