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The Prime Minister has launched the historic torch relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi.
What is the Chess Olympiad?
The Chess Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament in which teams representing nations of the world compete. The first Official Chess Olympiad was held in 1927 in London, UK.
Organized by: FIDE organizes the tournament and selects the host nation.
India and Chess Olympiad: India made its debut at Chess Olympiad in 1956. India has a gold medal (joint winners with Russia in 2020) and two bronze medals (2021, 2014) from the Chess Olympiad.
Who is hosting the 44th Chess Olympiad in 2022?
The 44th Chess Olympiad will be held in Chennai, India.
Significance: India is hosting the Chess Olympiad for the first time. Moreover, Asia gets to host the event after a gap of 30 years. The Philippines last hosted it from Asia in 1992.
Source: The post is based on the article “PM launches historic torch relay for 44th Chess Olympiad” published in PIB on 19th June 2022.