Aamir Khan to play chess against Vishwanathan Anand in ‘Checkmate COVID’ event


Organized by Chess.com in association with the Akshaya Patra Foundation, the COVID-19 relief fundraiser will feature five celebrities playing against Vishwanathan Anand.

In the midst of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, many celebrities and collectives have come forward to organize fundraisers and events so that the proceeds can be donated to those in need. Chess.com, which had hosted an event called “Checkmate COVID” to help members of the chess community affected by COVID-19, offered the celebrity edition of the same event. Scheduled for June 13, the event will feature Indian celebrities playing simultaneous half-hour games against five-time world champion and Indian chess grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand.

Chess.com will reveal guests to their celebrity roster with every milestone donation they reach. “THE BIGGEST CHESS FUNDRAISING EVENT IN INDIA HAS HAPPENED! Wondering what these shadows represent? These are some of the well known celebrities and dignitaries from India who will play exhibition chess match against @ vishy64theking! ”Chess.com India wrote on Twitter while announcing the event on social media.

Organizers revealed the name of the lineup’s first celebrity on June 7. Announcing that popular Bollywood actor Aamir Khan will be attending the event, Chess.com India tweeted: “The moment you’ve all been waiting for! Chess enthusiast superstar Aamir Khan will play an exhibition match against former world champion Vishy Anand! (sic).

Actor Aamir Khan is well known as a chess player who has played with chess legend Vishwanathan Anand in the past. Many of the actor’s co-stars have also told media that the actor is always up for a game of chess between shots on set. While Aamir attends the event, actor Hrithik Roshan also promoted the event by posting a video to social media in which he provided details about the event and urged fans to do so. a donation for the cause.

Organized in association with the Akshaya Patra Foundation, the proceeds from the sale will be used to serve the individuals and families at risk of going hungry during this devastating second wave of the pandemic. COVID Checkmate (Celebrity Edition) is scheduled to take place between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on June 13. The event will be broadcast on the Chesscom India YouTube channel.

Previously, the All India Chess Federation (AICF) had organized the Checkmate COVID program to provide financial, medical and emotional support to chess players who have been affected by the second wave of the pandemic. As part of the initiative, Vishwanathan Anand and four other Indian Grandmasters simultaneously played online exhibition matches against other chess players to raise funds for COVID-19 relief work in the country.


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