Chess legend Viswanathan Anand participated along with officials from the All India Chess Federation and FIDE, teams from Africa, America, Europe and Asia. The teams were divided into two groups of three each.
The five-time world champion was not only in his football gear but also demonstrated his moves on the football field.
Anand quipped after the friendly match, “There are a lot of chess players who play football. European and African teams are fanatical about football. I am very interested in football and I follow the game but I don’t play much.” But I thoroughly enjoyed it. The game. It was a great opportunity for everyone to bond and I know it works the other way too. There are a lot of football players who like to play chess for relaxation, so It’s good to do it both ways.”
Chennaiyin FC is gearing up to participate in the upcoming Durand Cup before season 9 of the Indian Super League and Anand, the mentor of the Indian contingent at the Olympiad, wished the team well ahead of the season, “I would like to wish the Chennaiyin FC team and their fans all the best. Best wishes and best wishes for the new season.”
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