In the presence of Cabinet Minister Rajendra Trivedi, Vadodara District Chess Association organised the first-ever Chess Olympiad Torch rally in the city at the Waghodia Sports Complex on June 30, 2022.
The rally moved towards Surat through the Pratapnagar bridge, Bhavans School, and Makarpura Palace. Afterwards, 21 players competed against two grandmasters in one team.
Rajendra Trivedi, Minister of Revenue of Gujarat, said, “Chess originated in India, and the whole world applauds us for it. After 30 years, we are organising the Chess Olympiad in India. The 44th Chess Olympiad torch rally started on June 19 and moved through various cities across Gujarat and oher states.”
He urged the students to leave their phones behind and concentrate on mental games like Chess. He also requested the parents to help their children in the game of chess which sharpens their minds. Later, he appreciated PM Modi for his efforts to popularise the game.
Collector Atul Gor, grandmasters Ankit Rajpara, Tejas Bakre, Gujarat State Chess Association President Bhavesh Patel, Vadodara District Chess Association President M.G. Bhatt, District Sports development officer Jayesh Bhalawala, District Youth Development officer Ketul Maheria along with other dignitaries remain present at the event.
“India will host the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad”
However, the 1927-originated federation witnessed a torch rally for the first time. Apart from the torch rally, cultural events, interactive tours and other events also happened during the rally.
Asia gets to host the FIDE Chess Tournament in 30 years, and in 2022, India has grabbed the opportunity to do so. The Philippines last hosted it from Asia in 1992. Moreover, India will field two teams, one in the Open category and the other in the women’s category.
The country is expecting around 2000 participants from 188 countries. Chennai will host from July 28 to August 10. In 1924, FIDE was formed before World War II.
In Gujarat, Tejas Bakare and Ankit Rajpara, like Grandmasters have taken the game of chess to new heights. Young international players, Dhyani Dave, Dhyana Patel, Jeet Jain, Vishwa Vasanwala, Manush Shah, and Moksh Doshi are also making the state proud.