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Viswanathan Anand, Four Other Grandmasters To Play Exhibition Matches To Raise COVID-19 Relief Fund

Viswanathan Anand and 4 different Grandmasters will play exhibition matches for COVID-19 aid work.© AFP

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand and 4 different Indian Grandmasters will play simultaneous on-line exhibition matches in opposition to different chess gamers on Thursday to lift funds for COVID-19 aid work within the nation. Any participant who has a blitz or FIDE customary ranking of underneath 2000 can play with former world champion Anand by donating USD 150 and with the opposite 4 GMs by paying USD 25 as registration quantity. Donations may also be accepted throughout the exhibition matches to be broadcast on at 19:30 IST. The web site mentioned it should match all donations as much as a complete of USD 10,000.

All the proceeds from the simultaneous exhibitions involving Anand, Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika, Nihal Sarin and Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu will go to RedCross India and the Checkmate COVID initiative of the All India Chess Federation (AICF).

“We all know India is struggling hard against COVID-19. At this time, we all have been affected in some way. I don’t think there is a single person young or old who has not been affected by this,” Anand mentioned in a video message posted on

“Let us help COVID aid in India. You can play a few of India’s best grandmasters, and have match your donations. Please signal as much as take part in Checkmate COVID this Thursday. This is a little bit contribution from our chess fraternity.

“I look ahead to being there and hope we elevate cash and spirits!”

International Master Danny Rensch and Samay Raina will host the livestream on

“With over 100 video games operating concurrently throughout all simuls, a time management of 30 minutes with a 30-second increment can be used for all video games,” a press release from mentioned.


“With a restricted variety of boards, be certain to register early for this distinctive and charitable alternative to play India’s greatest gamers.”

India is at the moment reeling underneath a devastating second wave of COVID-19 pandemic with greater than three lakh new circumstances and above 3000 deaths reported day by day.

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