Grand Master Vishwanathan Anand and six other top Indian chess players will be playing in exhibition matches on April 11 to raise money for PM’s fund to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Other chess players who will be participating in the event will be P Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi, Baskaran Adhiban, Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli.
The matches will be played online.
“There has been a big spurt in online activity. That’s one way people are keeping themselves busy-by playing chess online – during the lockdown. It gave me the idea that we could make it more fun for chess fans. It’s a great way to engage people and donate. It’s a great way to engage people and donate. I am proud that my Indian chess community came together. I am proud that my Indian chess community came together. I want to thank them for their immediate response,” Anand has told Times of India.
To participate, a player will have to make a donation during the registration process. Those
who donate a minimum of $150 before the start will be guaranteed a match against Anand. And those who contribute $25 during registration will get a chance to play against Harikrishna, Gujrathi, Adhiban, Koneru or Dronavalli.
“I don’t have any monetary target. As for further events, we haven’t thought about it yet, but I am am waiting to see how the situation evolves. Certainly it is an option,” Anand. said.