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Friday, December 24, 2010

Indian city sets world record in most chess games at a time

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

The ground for the Swarnim Chess Mahotsav
world record in Ahmedabad, India.

Hi Everyone,

The Indian city of Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat was host to a new world record in with World Champion Viswanathan Anand as guest of honourt. Tarika Vara, representative of Guinness book of records presented Guinness record certificate to Gujarat government’s Bhagyesh Jha and others for achievement of new world record of highest number of players (20,000) playing a game of chess simultaneously at one place.

El Zocalo, Mexico City’s central square, had set the earlier record when 13,446 players had assembled to play chess on October 21, 2006. Former world champion Anatoly Karpov was the guest of honour in Mexico.

Speaking at the event, World No.1 Chess grand master Viswanathan Anand said, "I Can't tell you how incredibly proud at this point of time. This is amazing event."

Guinness Book representative Tarika Vara said, "I am truly amazed with the talent and turnout here. It's great pleasure to announce that 22480 played Chess at this place simultaneously, and have created a new world record."

Guinness Book of Records representatives said in the previous record-breaking event in Mexico, there was no blind player involved. But there were 140 visually challenged players in Ahmedabad.

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