Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 44th Chess Olympiad at JLN Indoor Stadium, Chennai tomorrow. Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Anurag Thakur will also grace the event.
Prime Minister launched the first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch Relay at the Indira Gandhi National Stadium in New Delhi on June 19, 2022. The torch travelled to 75 iconic locations in the country for over 40 days, travelling close to 20,000 kilometres and reached in Mahabalipuram, before heading over to the FIDE Headquarters, Switzerland.
The 44th Chess Olympiad is will be held in Chennai from July 28 to August 9, 2022. The prestigious competition, which has been organised since 1927, is being hosted in India for the first time and in Asia after 30 years. With 187 countries participating, this will be the largest participation in any Chess Olympiad. India is also fielding its biggest ever contingent in the competition comprising 30 players across 6 teams.