COVID-19: Viswanathan Anand, Koneru Humpy to play online exhibition event to raise funds

CHENNAI: former world champion Viswanathan Anand and five other leading Indian players will compete in an online chess exhibition on April 11 to raise funds for the country's fight against COVID-19.

Indians will face players from all over the world on the portal chess.com .

Apart from Anand, India No. 2 Vidit S Gujrathi, P Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban (all Grandmasters) and the two best players in the country: Koneru Humpy and Dronavalli Harika will compete in the 20 board event.

The event will be streamed live on chess.com/tv, where all donations made will be sent to the PM's CARES Fund.

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Anand who is stuck in Germany due to travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, tweeted: Please support the Indian chess Community Support for Covid Aid 19.

To participate in the event, players must have a Chess.com blitz or FIDE Standard rating of less than 2000 and a donation will be required during the registration process.

A guaranteed game against Anand requires a minimum donation of $ 150. However, a $ 25 registration offers the ability to play any of the six Indian stars (one of which may be Anand).

There are only five places left to play against Anand.

Besides, the three biggest donors will get to play against Anand on additional boards during the live stream on chess.com/tv.

It is a privilege that we can play our sport from home and collect funds for a good cause, Harika told PTI.

For his part, the Chennai-based Adhiban said: I am excited about the event. I am happy to support a good cause.

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