Prasad RS, Chennai
Sports personalities are making people aware of the rescue from deadly corona virus COVID-19 from China. Apart from this, large scale donations are also being given in PM-Cares fund. Meanwhile, India’s star chess players have also thought of making some contribution.
Six top chess players from India will play an exhibition match (simul) on Chase.com on April 11 to raise money in the Prime Minister-Cares Fund. Five-time world champions Vishwanathan Anand, P Harikrishna, Vidit Gujarati, Bhaskaran Adiban, Hampi Koneru and Harika Dronavalli will join the campaign.
Every player will offer 20 boards each for donors, Anand told our affiliate Times of India, ‘People are getting very involved with online activities. Playing online chess during lockdown is a way for people to keep themselves busy. ‘
He said, ‘I got the idea that we can make this game more fun for chess lovers. This is a great way to connect and donate to people. I am proud that Indian chess players came together in this campaign. I want to thank them for this. ‘
More than 100 games will be played on all and there will be a time control of 45 minutes with 45 seconds increment. If anyone wants to be a part of it, they have to give the donation along with the registration. Whoever donates at least 150 dollars (about 11 thousand rupees) before the start will get a guaranteed fight with Anand.
Those who donate at least 25 dollars at the time of registration, may get a chance to play not with Anand but with Harikrishna, Vidit, Bhaskaran, Hampi and Harika.