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Online chess exhibition featuring Anand raises ₹4.5 lakh for PM-CARES Fund

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Six Indian Grand Masters, including country’s top two women players Koneru Humpy and D. Harika took part in the event organised by chess.com on Sunday. Indian Grand Master Viswanathan Anand, currently stuck in Germany due to travel restrictions took part along with India no.2 Vidit Gujrathi, P Harikrishna and B Adhiban.

A total amount of Rs 4.5 lakh (USD 6,000) being raised in the 20-board simultaneous event, Rakesh Kulkarni, an International Master and Director of chess.com-India, told PTI.

“Anand was the one who had the idea and suggested it. He was the pioneer. He then got all the top players to join. Chess.com made the logistical arrangements,” he added.

Koneru Humpy (L) and Harika Dronavalli

Adhiban who won all his 18 games, said he was delighted to have taken part in such an initiative and contributed to a cause.

Harika said “It is a privilege that we can play our sport from home and collect funds for a good cause.”

“It was a much different experience than playing normal simul as in internet 20 different boards pop up and you have to keep track of it. So, it is difficult than an over the board simul (simultaneous display). But the whole point is to interact with fans and collect donations,” she added.

In order to participate in this exhibition players were required to have Chess.com blitz or FIDE standard rating of under 2000 and have to make a donation.