Pals for practically 4 many years, the nation’s first two Grandmasters Viswanathan Anand and Dibyendu Barua have been again to sharing the highlight as they performed their half in the beginning of the Chess Olympiad Torch Relay right here on Monday.
With the historic Crimson Fort forming the backdrop, Anand held aloft the torch as he arrived on the venue in an open jeep and shortly handed it over Regulation Minister Kiren Rijuju who handed it on to Barua.
Barua then carried it within the jeep – that introduced Anand – for a ways to sign the beginning of the nationwide Torch relay.
Lower than 12 hours after the Torch relay was launched with a lot fanfare by Prime Minister Narendra Modi right here, the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, Mr. Rijiju, Secretary of the Sports activities Ministry Ms. Sujata Chaturvedi, Director Common of the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) Sandeep Pradhan, AICF President Sanjay Kapoor, secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan apart from Grandmasters Pravin Thipsay, Abhijit Kunte, Tejas Bakre and N. Srinath have been again to witness the beginning of the relay.
Mr. Dvorkovich, Mr. Rijuju and Mr. Chauhan addressed the gathering after the chess-playing spectators have been a part of a simultaneous show towards Barua, Thipsay, Bakre together with Mr. Dvorkovich.
The Torch now travels to Leh, Srinagar, Jammu, Dharamshala, Shimla and different cities within the northern states. The 39-day torch relay, spanning 75 districts within the nation, will attain Chennai on July 27, the eve of the inauguration of the Chess Olympiad.