Chess tournaments witness unprecedented spike amid the pandemic
Chess tournaments/events are conducted through online platforms like chess.com and lichess.org.
According to recent reports, there has been a rise in the number of online chess events during the coronavirus lockdown. At a time when sporting activities have been hit hard across the globe due to the pandemic, chess is one sport which seems to keep ticking. Various online chess events are organised which keep the players involved and busy.
Tournaments/events are conducted through online platforms — chess.com and lichess.org. Prominent players took part in the events on a regular basis while it was exposure for the up-and-coming ones. Some players raised funds to fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
Chess champion Viswanathan Anand in an interaction with a leading publication said that chess had adapted quite well during this global crisis by going online. Several Indian Grandmasters said the online tournaments kept them occupied and said online chess was helpful during times like the lockdown as it helps one stay in touch with the game.
Rakesh Kulkarni, an International Master and Director at chess.com-India, which has been conducting events regularly during the lockdown, said in a statement that organising online events was a different kind of challenge as it required to ensure fair games.
“The technical aspects are taken care by the website/platform. So, there is no human error for pairings, results and standings. Arbiters/Umpires are also not needed,” he added.
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