Yuzvendra Chahal will face Viswanathan Anand in a fundraising chess match; ‘Checkmate COVID’


In a bid to raise money for COVID-19 relief, Indian team leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will face Indian chess grandmaster and five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand in an exhibition match on Sunday. . Yuzvendra Chahal confirmed this on Instagram after sharing the Instagram story of his better half, Dhanashree, that the leg player will face the former world No.1 chess player in a friendly match.

Yuzvendra Chahal and others to face Viswanathan Anand in exhibition match

The love of Yuzvendra Chahal, the leg spinner of the Indian team, is known around the world. In fact, the 30-year-old leg spinner represented India in chess at the World Youth Chess Championship. Even cricketer experts often describe the impact of chess on Yuzvendra Chahal’s bowling alley as the leg player often tries to outsmart his opponents. Yuzvendra Chahal will face Viswanathan Anand in a chess exhibition match to raise COVID-19 relief funds.

Viswanathan Anand took to his Twitter account to share his video and revealed he will be playing the game against Chahal and other Bollywood celebrities. Besides Yuzvendra Chahal, celebrities like Ritiesh Deshmukh, Aamir Khan, Arijit Singh, Ananya Birla and Manu Kumar Jain will also face the former chess champion. The match will be broadcast live on the ‘chess.com India’ YouTube channel.

The career of Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand’s career saw a meteoric rise when he stormed the Indian national chess scene in the 1980s. In just 8 years, Vishy rose from relatively unknown status to that of India’s first grandmaster. in 1988. A five-time world chess champion, Anand became the fourth player in history to cross the 2800 Elo mark on the FIDE ranking list. He was also the first person to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – India’s highest sporting honor – in 1991-1992. In 2007, he received India’s second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, making him the first athlete to receive this award.

Yuzvendra Chahal in the Indian B-team of 20 BCCI players for Sri Lanka

Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal prepares for the Sri Lankan challenge as the leg spinner is part of the 20-man jumbo squad for the limited series against the island nation. BCCI on Thursday, As previously speculated, the board confirmed that Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team against Sri Lanka while Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will be their deputy. Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson have been selected as wicket batsmen while Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha will be busy with the Test Series against England.

(Image credits: PTI)


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