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July 28, 2022

Prime Minister Modi declares the 44th Chess Olympiad open.

India is hosting the Chess Olympiad for the first time.

Chess Olympiad, India

Photo: Prime Minister Modi addressed the gathering at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai on July 28, 2022.

Chess Olympiad, India

Photo: Gathering at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai on July 28, 2022.

Chennai, July 28, 2022 — The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, declared open the 44th Chess Olympiad at JLN Indoor Stadium, Chennai, today.

The Prime Minister welcomed all the players and chess lovers from all over the world to India. He noted the significance of the time of the event as it falls during the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.’ He added that the most prestigious tournament in chess has come to India, the home of chess.

The Prime Minister noted that the 44th Chess Olympiad had been a tournament of many firsts and records. It is the first time the Chess Olympiad is taking place at the origin of chess, India.

The Prime Minister said that sport is beautiful because it has the inherent power to unite. Sports bring people and societies closer. Sports nurture a spirit of teamwork.

The Prime Minister remarked that in sports, there are no losers. There are winners, and there are future winners. He wished all the teams and players success in the 44th Chess Olympiad.

Earlier, the Prime Minister had launched the first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch Relay at the Indira Gandhi National Stadium in New Delhi on June 19, 2022. The torch traveled to 75 iconic locations in the country for over 40 days, traversing close to 20,000 kilometers and culminating in Mahabalipuram, before heading to the FIDE Headquarters, Switzerland.

The 44th Chess Olympiad takes place in Chennai from July 28 to August 9, 2022. The prestigious competition, organized 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 most extensive participation in any Chess Olympiad. India is also fielding its most significant contingent comprising 30 players across six teams in the competition.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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