The Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai dazzles as the 44th Chess Olympiad kicks off

By PTI

CHENNAI: The indoor Nehru Stadium here sparkled with elegant lighting, and a sense of excitement was palpable at Thursday’s inaugural event for the 44th Chess Olympiad.

The sprawling arena in downtown Chennai was buzzing with new ideas represented in the form of stylish decor, with the undercurrent being the nerve-wracking game of chess.

Upon his arrival here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was warmly welcomed with performances by musicians and drummers along the route he took by road to the venue, Nehru Stadium.

Modi sported a shawl and a dhoti with a checkerboard border. Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister MK Stalin wore a yellow silk shirt, dhoti and ‘Angavastra’ (shawl).

The art and culture wing of BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit organized traditional music and dances to welcome Modi.

Petals were poured over Modi’s car by cheering supporters, who gathered on both sides of the road as he drove to the stadium from INS Adyar.

The Prime Minister took a helicopter from the airport to reach the naval heliport near Marina beach.

‘Vanakkam Modi’ (Greetings, Modi) is trending on Twitter here.

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The 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad, which began on Thursday July 28, ends on August 10.

This is the first time India has hosted the event.

Indian chess icon Vishwanathan Anand handed the chess torch, which traveled across the country, to Chief Minister Stalin. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chess champions joined to receive the torch.

The elegant lighting displayed multiple colors throughout and the magic of the light embossed a large, tall chessboard and the flags of the participating countries in the foreground.

The stadium dais was adorned with brightly colored king-size chess pieces depicting the king, bishop, rook, queen, knight and pawns.

A special dance song “Vanakkam Chennai, Vanakkam Chess” was screened.

A sand sculpture-themed audiovisual captured the game of chess being played in the historic port city of Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu.

With an orchestra playing heart-pounding music, teams from dozens of countries including Japan, China, Australia, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Austria, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina and Barbados were greeted with relentless applause in the stadium.

‘Jai Ho’ was part of the Indian instrumental music played while ‘Vande Mataram’ was rendered.

All eight Indian classical dance forms, Kathak, Odissi, Kuchupudi, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Manipuri, Sattriya and Bharathanatyam were performed.

Those who gathered for the inauguration also reveled in the musical treat of Chennai-based musician Lydian Nadhaswaram.

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The FIDE anthem was played and a pledge was made by the participants.

A presentation on the ancient culture and civilization of Tamil Nadu was complemented with energizing drama, music and dance and was a highlight of the event.

It became energetic with the familiar stentorian voice of lead actor Kamal Haasan’s voiceover.

It captured milestones in all fields including the language, literature, art, architecture, and military might of the Imperial Cholas.

The oldest dam still in use, Kallanai, built on the Cauvery River around 2000 years ago by Karikala Chola in Thanjavur district and the use of clay pipes for irrigation at the time was among the many nuggets presented.

Chess players from far and wide, indoor sports lovers who gathered from distant places and all who gathered were impressed by the scintillating start to the international sporting event.

CHENNAI: The indoor Nehru Stadium here sparkled with elegant lighting, and a sense of excitement was palpable at Thursday’s inaugural event for the 44th Chess Olympiad. The sprawling arena in downtown Chennai was buzzing with new ideas represented in the form of stylish decor, with the undercurrent being the nerve-wracking game of chess. Upon his arrival here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was warmly welcomed with performances by musicians and drummers along the route he took by road to the venue, Nehru Stadium. Modi sported a shawl and a dhoti with a checkerboard border. Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister MK Stalin wore a yellow silk shirt, dhoti and ‘Angavastra’ (shawl). The art and culture wing of BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit organized traditional music and dances to welcome Modi. Petals were poured over Modi’s car by cheering supporters, who gathered on both sides of the road as he drove to the stadium from INS Adyar. The Prime Minister took a helicopter from the airport to reach the naval heliport near Marina beach. ‘Vanakkam Modi’ (Greetings, Modi) is trending on Twitter here. READ ALSO | Chess Olympiad boosts tourism sector The 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad which started on Thursday July 28 ends on August 10. This is the first time India has hosted the event. Indian chess icon Vishwanathan Anand handed the chess torch, which traveled across the country, to Chief Minister Stalin. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chess champions joined to receive the torch. The elegant lighting displayed multiple colors throughout and the magic of the light embossed a large, tall chessboard and the flags of the participating countries in the foreground. The stadium dais was adorned with brightly colored king-size chess pieces depicting the king, bishop, rook, queen, knight and pawns. A special dance song “Vanakkam Chennai, Vanakkam Chess” was screened. CM MK Stalin says: We all know that you are very fond of chess; during your term as CM of Gujarat, you organized a big chess festival with more than 20,000 players; ….1/2 @xpresstn @NewIndianXpress – T Muruganandham (@muruga_TNIE) Jul 28, 2022 A sand sculpture themed audiovisual captured the game of chess being played in the historic port city of Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu . With an orchestra playing heart-pounding music, teams from dozens of countries including Japan, China, Australia, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Austria, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina and Barbados were greeted with relentless applause in the stadium. ‘Jai Ho’ was part of the Indian instrumental music played while ‘Vande Mataram’ was rendered. All eight Indian classical dance forms, Kathak, Odissi, Kuchupudi, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Manipuri, Sattriya and Bharathanatyam were performed. Those who gathered for the inauguration also reveled in the musical treat of Chennai-based musician Lydian Nadhaswaram. READ ALSO | Mahabalipuram checks all the boxes for the Mega Chess Olympiad The FIDE anthem has been played and a pledge has been taken by the participants. A presentation on the ancient culture and civilization of Tamil Nadu was complemented with energizing drama, music and dance and was a highlight of the event. It became energetic with the familiar stentorian voice of lead actor Kamal Haasan’s voiceover. It captured milestones in all fields including the language, literature, art, architecture, and military might of the Imperial Cholas. The oldest dam still in use, Kallanai, built on the Cauvery River around 2000 years ago by Karikala Chola in Thanjavur district and the use of clay pipes for irrigation at the time was among the many nuggets presented. Chess players from far and wide, indoor sports lovers who gathered from distant places and all who gathered were impressed by the scintillating start to the international sporting event.