44th FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022

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Here are some interesting facts that led the 44th Chess Olympiad to become a reality for India

1. FIDE’s search for new host post Russia-Ukraine war

The 44th edition of Chess Olympiad was initially scheduled to take place in Russia. However, with the war-like situation between Russia and Ukraine, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) began searching for new hosts and invited new bidders.

2. A timely move by AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan

While the FIDE was looking for new hosts, All India Chess Federation Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan sensed the opportunity. Having shared a good relation and reputation with the international federation and its officials, Chauhan made a quick movement and got in touch with FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich.

Within 24-hour time, using all his experience, Chauhan did some preliminary enquiries and immediately conveyed to the FIDE President that India was ready to bid in principle. With AICF’s willingness to leave no stone unturned went in India’s favour. After successfully getting the official rights to host the tournament, Chauhan sums up saying, “Cannot complain about anything in life now.”

3. Support from the Tamil Nadu government

Chauhan was at his best in setting up a quick and crucial meeting with the Chief Minister Stalin, who instantly approved, assured and endorsed the government’s support for the event. A whole-hearted support by Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister MK Stalin clinched it for Chennai. The city, seeped in chess culture, had earlier hosted the World Chess Championship in 2013 between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen. 1200 rooms for the participants were booked in a single day and the Convention Centre of Four Points Sheraton was decided as the playing venue.

4. Requisite $10 million guarantee

AICF were quick in their movements as they fulfilled the hosting criteria set by FIDE within less than a week. They were able to answer all the queries by FIDE satisfactorily, had all the plans in place and also ensured the $10 million guarantee. This made India’s bid stronger than most of the other countries and put them in a better position.

5. Chess great Anand’s endorsement to India’s bid

The five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand endorsed India’s bid which gave AICF a huge boost, according to Chauhan. The strong efforts from the federation and Secretary Chauhan brought the impossible to reality as FIDE granted India the rights to host the Olympiad which has been taking place for the last 95 years.

Arrival Day
All Day

Arrival day for everyone.

Arbiters Meeting

All Arbiters meeting before the opening ceremony

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony, where big stars of India will perform and entertain.

Captains Meeting

Captains Meeting in the morning before the first round

Round 1

Round One of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Round 2

Round Two of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Round - 3

Round Three of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Round - 4

Round Four of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Round - 5

Round Five of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Round - 6

Round Six of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Bermuda Party

Party time in the middle of the tournament to relax our minds.

Free Day
All Day

After the party you definitely need a Free day to relax your body and roam around the city.

Round - 7

Round Seven of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Round - 8

Round Eight of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Round - 9

Round Nine of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Round - 10

Round Ten of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Round - 11

Round Eleven of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony of 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad

Departure Day
All Day

Time to say goodbye.

Event Detail

July 27, 2022 12:00 am
August 11, 2022 12:00 am
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu


All India Chess Federation