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

  • Indian  champion

  • 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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