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The announcement that Chennai will host the 44th Olympiad is a proud moment for Viswanathan Anand

The announcement that Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, will host the Chess Olympiad later this year is a proud moment for Chennai and the chess community in the country, according to legend Viswanathan Anand.

Following Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine on February 24, the 44th Olympiad, which was scheduled to take place in Moscow, was rescheduled. Between July 26 and August 8, the prestigious event is tentatively scheduled to take place. After Chennai was awarded the right to host the prestigious event for the first time ever, State Chief Minister M K Stalin announced the news on Twitter late Tuesday night.

“Thank you, sir, for making chess the centre of attention in Chennai!” For the entire Indian and Chennai chess communities, this is a proud moment. The term “Chennai Chess” has a pleasant ring to it. In response to Stalin’s tweet, Anand wrote, “The efforts of @aicfchess and @FIDE chess in working together so quickly are to be commended.” “I am ecstatic that India’s Chess Capital will host the 44th Chess Olympiad!” Tamil Nadu can be proud of this! All Kings and Queens from around the world are cordially invited to visit Chennai! Stalin wrote, “#ChessOlympiad2022.”

“Like we say Vanakkam Chennai!!” wrote the former world champion in response. Anand also wrote a letter to the FIDE in which he expressed his personal pride at the country’s hosting of one of the most important events on the calendar. Bharat Singh Chauhan, Secretary of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) and Chairman of the FIDE Technical Commission (TEC), believes they already have experience hosting large events and that this will help them.

“An excellent development, fantastic achievement by the Federation to secure the tournament for India,” noted noted coach V Saravanan, an International Master. Second, it’s being held in Chennai, India’s undisputed chess capital.”

“I am confident that with the infrastructure and organisational capacity we have here, we can pull it off.” “This is fantastic news for chess players and the entire chess community,” he added.

Given the city’s status as a cradle for the mind-game in the country, many chess fans believe it is fitting that Chennai hosts the Olympiad.After the World Championship Match between Anand and Norwegian Carlsen, the current world No. 1, in 2013, the chess Olympiad would be the country’s second major international event.

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