NEW DELHI: The Indian chess team was crowned joint champions of the Online Chess Olympiad on august 30th alongside Russia.
Indian chess grandmaster and former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand announced the news on Twitter, congratulating Russia.
Due to the COVID-19, for the first time FIDE, the international chess federation was holding the Olympiad in an online format.
However, the competition faced issues like internet disconnection and server issues. India and Russia were declared joint winners of the 2020 Online Chess Olympiad.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju took to social media to appreciate the team.
Congratulations to our chess players for winning the FIDE Online #ChessOlympiad. Their hard work and dedication are admirable. Their success will surely motivate other chess players. I would like to congratulate the Russian team as well.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 30, 2020
I congratulate our Indian contingent that won the Gold at the @FIDE_chess Online Chess Olympiad. India was declared the joint winner with Russia. My heartiest wishes to all players!— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 30, 2020
What a wonderful weekend this has been for Indian Sports. A day after we celebrated #NationalSportsDay, our Chess Team brings laurels by becoming joint champions.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 30, 2020
Congrats @vishy64theking & the entire team.#ChessOlympiad https://t.co/9Q41Abx4pj