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Friday, December 17, 2010

Chess world record attempt in India on Christmas Eve

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Heading for 'Swarnim Chess Mahotsav' - World Champion Vishy Anand.
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Hello Everyone,

It's chess world record time again. Come December 24, 2010 and about 20,000 chess lovers are expected to gather for a unique event called the ‘Swarnim Chess Mahotsav’ with World Champion Viswanathan Anand. The event is being organised by the Government of Gujarat, India, the Gujarat State Chess Association and NIIT.

Swarnim Chess Mahotsav 2010 Gujarat, is set to create a new world record with 20,000 players playing simultaneous chess at Gujarat University Grounds in Ahmedabad, on December 24, 2010. The current record is of 13,446 players at Mexico City, in 2006.

Speaking on the significance of Swarnim Chess Mahotsav 2010, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, remarked during its launch earlier this year that, it was his dream to make Chess a popular game in Gujarat. "Chess can unleash the spirit of sportsmanship in people and make life a festival. Combining education with sports would lead to success," he said.

World Chess Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand remarked, “I am very excited about this event that is set to take the game of chess to new heights by scripting a new world record. I am sure this unique endeavour will be a very inspiring milestone for Chess players in Gujarat and across India.”  

The venue layout of the record breaking event promises to be a visual spectacle. The Gujarat University Grounds of Ahmedabad will be turned into a giant Chess Board with 64 alternating black & white squares. The players will be segregated equally within the squares which will either be black or white. The imposing 29,000 square meters of Chess Board, created through perfect colour coordination can be viewed even from the air. 

Stay tuned for updates.

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  • At December 17, 2010 at 7:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Interesting attempt. And, not really too difficult for India to set it. They are one hell of a chess-playing nation. If Humpy wins they would have both the Men's and Women's titles. Amazing.


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