The FIDE Online Chess Olympiad, which will feature top players like World No.3 Ding Liren and Indian ace Viswanathan Anand among others, will be held from July 25 to August 30.

Teams from 163 countries will take part in the first-ever online Olympiad. Russia is the top-ranked team, followed by China, USA, Armenia and Ukraine.

The India team, captained by Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, is the seventh-seed in the prestigious competition.

India is placed in the top division along with the likes of Russia, China, US, Ukraine and others. Eight teams from the top division will qualify for stage 2 and battle it out with countries from other divisions.

World no.1 Magnus Carlsen is a notable absentee from the event.

China had won both Open and women’s sections in the 2018 Chess Olympiad and also won the Online Nations Cup in May.

The event is FIDE’s response to the postponement of the…

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