Indian chess players, including five-time world champion Vishwanathan Anand, will be playing online exhibition matches at a cost of Rs 37 lakh for India’s fight against coronavirus. Hosted by Chase dot com, the campaign was attended by some of the top chess players in India. The money raised will go to the Red Cross India and Checkmate Kovid Expedition.
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On Thursday, Anand, Kanaru Hampi, D Harika, Nihal Sarin and P Rameshbabu played online games against 105 players at Chase dot com. Any player under 2000 with a Chase dot com blitz or fight rating can happily play by paying $ 150, while the other four have to pay $ 25 to play with the Grand Master.
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Anand Chase via dot com, ‘We’re fighting nationwide. The situation is very subtle. Hope this money raised by the chess community will be of little benefit. Besides Anand, many other players are raising money in the war against Corona. This includes Indian captain Virat Kohli and Test specialist Hanuma Vihari.