India women will play with black pieces in the first round

India at Chess Olympiad 2022: India A Women to play with black pieces in first round – India ‘A’ team, top seeded…

India at Chess Olympiad 2022: India A Women will play with black pieces in the first round- India ‘A’, the top seed in the women’s event, will play with the black pieces in the opening round of the 44th Chess Olympiad on Friday. Follow Chess Olympiad 2022 updates on InsideSport.IN

The lots for the inaugural round to choose the colors for the top teams were drawn by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who declared the event open in a grand ceremony on Thursday.

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India at Chess Olympiad 2022: India A Women will play with black pieces in the first round

The top-seeded American men will also begin their campaign with black pieces after the Prime Minister selects the blacks in a draw conducted by the chief arbiter.

Indian chess icon Viswanathan Anand handed over the Olympiad torch to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin who was joined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chess champions in accepting the torch.

The Olympiad flame was then lit by young GMs R Pragyanandha, D Gukesh and S Vijayalakshmi, the country’s first woman Grand Master.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, who was present at the inauguration, thanked the Tamil Nadu government for its efforts in putting together such a big event at such a short notice.

India at Chess Olympiad 2022: India A Women will play with black pieces in the first round

“I believe that it (Olympiad) is a huge festival, not just a game. It creates a positive mood,” she added.

The first round of action will begin on Friday at 3 pm.

Three Indian teams will compete in the open and women’s events at the Olympics, which will be held in India for the first time.

Indians are seeded second in the open category.

The tournament will feature 188 teams in the open category and 162 teams in the women’s category.

India at Chess Olympiad 2022: India A Women will play with black pieces in the first round

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