Viswanathan and Five Others to Compete in an Online Chess Exhibition for Fund Raising


Former world champion Viswanathan Anand and five other leading Indian players will compete in an online chess exhibition on 11 April to raise funds for the country’s fight against COVID-19.

The Indians will take on players from across the world on the portal Apart from Anand, India No 2 Vidit S Gujrathi, P Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban (all Grandmasters) and the country’s top two women players-Koneru Humpy and Dronavalli Harika will compete on 20-board event.

The event will be streamed live on, where all donations made will be sent to the PM-CARES Fund.

Anand, who is stuck in Germany owing to the travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, tweeted: “Please support the Indian Chess Community’s support towards Covid 19 relief.”

To participate in the event, players must have a blitz or FIDE standard rating of under 2000 and will be required to make a donation during the registration process.

A guaranteed game against Anand requires a minimum donation of $150. However, a $25 registration fetches the chance to play any two of the six Indian stars (one of whom may be Anand).

Just five spots are left to play against Anand.

Besides, the three biggest donors will get to play against Anand on additional boards during the live stream on

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

On his part, the Chennai-based Adhiban said, “I am excited about the event. I am happy to support a good cause.

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