CHENNAI: All India Chess Federation (AICF) president Sanjay Kapoor and secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu government in the presence of state Chief Minister MK Stalin for the forthcoming 44th Chess Olympiad, slated to be held Chennai from July 28 to August 10.
"This is a big step going forward, in the smooth and successful conduct of the Olympiad," said Kapoor. AICF treasurer Naresh Sharma and members of Indian team were also present during the meeting.
Chauhan remarked, "Preparations are going on as per planned and the mood is upbeat at the AICF team which is working round the clock at Mahabalipuram where an office has been set up."
This is the first time that India is hosting the world's biggest chess event. More than 200 teams have already registered for the Chess Olympiad.