Every two years, a large number of chess players, ranging from lower-rated players to World champions, would assemble for the Chess Olympiad. It is the mind sport’s answer to tennis’s Davis and Fed Cups.
The 44th edition of the Olympiad was scheduled to have been held in Russia around this time, but world chess governing body FIDE has had to postpone it till next year following the coronavirus outbreak.
Instead, an online Olympiad is being organised. Its qualifying event had opened on July 25.
On Friday, the top division of the Olympiad will kick off. India is one of 25 teams seeded directly to the final stage. Fifteen teams have come through the qualifiers.
With a strong, experienced squad comprising Viswanathan Anand, Koneru Humpy, Pendyala Harikrishna, Vidit Gujrathi, Dronvalli Harika, Nihal Sarin, R. Praggnanandhaa,…