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6,400 sq ft mammoth chessboard erected by private school in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Hindu Endowment Minister Sekar Babu and Chennai Mayor Priya Rajan inaugurated the chess event in Everyone School at Perambur, Chennai.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Published on - 27 July 2022 12:22 am

India is all set to host the 44th Chess Olympiad starting July 28. Mamallapuram in Chennai will host the world’s biggest chess event and the state looks all geared up with the preparations. The marketing for the event is going at full throttle as the State Government is doing all it can to make more and more people aware of the event.

The people in the city also look excited as a private school in Perambur, Chennai erected a 6,400 sq ft mammoth chessboard along with huge banners and with students’ faces painted in black and white with chess symbols. Tamil Nadu Hindu Endowment Minister, Sekar Babu and Chennai Mayor, Priya Rajan inaugurated the chess event in Everyone School at Perambur, Chennai.

As a part of the marketing strategy, students played the 32 pieces with rich costumes and hats over the chess board. Eight cut-outs of the Thambi mascot with a height of 14 ft and width of 6 ft were also erected around the Gigantic Chess Board. 50 girls in higher classes painted their faces like the chess board, wearing a T-shirt with the Thambi mascot whereas 50 other students wore face masks with the image of the Thambi mascot, wearing white dhotis and shirts.

“This is a great gala Chess event with a very spectacular view for us to see, which was organized on behalf of the 44th Chess Olympiad. We, students, were dressed entirely as 32 chess coins and we also did the chess moves, which was very impressive,” said Beevi Fathima, a 9th Student of the school. “It was such an honour to have this Chess Tournament in our very own city, Chennai and we learned a lot,” she added.

Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the 44th Chess Olympiad at JLN Indoor Stadium, Chennai in his Tamil Nadu visit on July 28 and 29, a statement from the PMO confirmed. The event will be hosted from July 28 to August 10.


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