As we are aware that, many leagues and tournaments had been called off due to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic across the globe. We can witness several chess players in the country coming up with a unique way to promote their sport as well as to collect funds for the PM Cares Fund in order to help the patients.
One International Grandmaster, seven International Masters, several National Chess Champions, Chess players and enthusiasts, came together to host an online chess tournament under the aegis of “The Chesster group” on April 7.
With the help of this tournament around Rs 105,000 has been collected and contributed to PM Cares Fund to help the country in its fight against Coronavirus Pandemic.
The tournament got a good response from the Chess players across the country. It saw interest and donations come in from the Immortal Chess Forum (a Global Chess Forum) amongst others.
Actually, there was no participation fee, however, the participants were requested to donate to the PM-CARES fund to help the country combat the COVID-19. The participants were to send a screenshot of it to the organizers.
Speaking about the initiative, the organisers in a statement said: “We hoped to raise as much as possible and contribute in our small way to our prime minister’s cause. It has been gratifying that well-wishers across the globe helped us in our endeavor”.
Over 80 people participated in the tournament and IM Ravi Teja from Hyderabad, Telangana won the tournament. The tournament was hosted on www.Lichess.org, a global not-for-profit chess platform created to promote chess.
In India, near 174 people are died and around 5,764 people tested positive of Coronavirus Pandemic, according to Worldometer.