Viswanathan Anand confident India will win a medal in Chess Olympiad | chess news

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Legendary Viswanathan Anand said on Friday that India has a great chance of winning medals during this Chess Olympiad and hoped that the youth can carry on the legacy of chess. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the first-ever Chess Olympiad torch relay for the 44th edition of the event at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. “I’m really looking forward to it. It will be a huge event, about 2000 players will participate. I will guide our players. We have a good chance of winning a medal in this Olympiad,” said chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand on India will host 2022 World Chess Olympiad.

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The inaugural edition of the Chess Olympiad Torch Relay will hit 75 cities across the country as the All India Chess Federation (AICF) unveiled the roadmap on Friday.

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) introduced an Olympic-style torch relay tradition for its Olympiad of this year’s event and named India as the starting point for each edition, commemorating the popularity of chess in the country where the sport originated.

Talking about the future of the game in the country, Anand told ANI: “We are very lucky to have a bright future in chess. Our young people are doing well and they will make the country proud”,

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Speaking of the young Indian grandmaster, who won the Norwegian chess tournament last week, Anand said: “Our future in chess is bright. When I talk about Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa and other young players, they are doing very well and I hope they carry on the legacy of chess ahead.”

“Yes, we have a good chance of winning a medal in this Olympiad,” said Indian grandmaster.

The 44th edition of the world’s largest chess event will take place from July 28 to August 10 in Mahabalipuram near Chennai.

In nearly 100 years of Chess Olympiad history, it is the first time India has hosted this prestigious event. With 188 countries registered for the upcoming Olympiad, Indian sports history will also witness a huge congregation of nations on Indian soil at an event for the first time. And to celebrate, AICF has unveiled a ‘Namaste World’ social media campaign, welcoming the chess community from around the world to this event.

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AICF had previously announced two Indian teams, each in the open and women’s sections, as the 44th Chess Olympiad has attracted 343 teams in both sections.

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