Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand said that this is the first chess day. Chess first attracted many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the widespread popularity of the Internet, this has become possible. ” A true global movement. ”
“Thanks to the Internet, (chess) has become a truly global sport. I believe it has never been disseminated as widely as it is now, ”Anand said during a virtual UN Chess Day celebration on Monday.
“Of course, during the pandemic, I was delighted to see so many people discover chess. Perhaps they didn’t have the time or they never succeeded. But this is a good opportunity for chess to spread, ”he said.
The former world champion said that “most of the parents in India are right,” and chess will help their children do better in school.
Anand said: “I hope that even if there is no pandemic, the positive trajectory of chess that we have experienced recently will continue in the future.”
Chess players, UN and government officials, civil society representatives and academics have acquired the modern virtual event “Chess, Make the World a Better World.”
In December 2019, the UN General Assembly declared July 20 World Chess Day to mark the establishment of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Paris in 1924.
The United Nations said that general interest in chess has reportedly doubled over the past few months, with more and more players gathering to participate in chess tournaments hosted through online platforms.
Anand said at the virtual conference that he learned chess from his mother and focused on the history of the game and its evolution from India to the rest of the world.
He said that many families across India are very passionate about the game of chess.
“If you actually mention to someone that you play chess, the head of the family often goes out and takes out his chess set to play the game.
He said, “So it’s part of our culture, although it needs to be rediscovered in sports.” He added that while chess is spreading to Russia, Europe and the rest of the world, “Asia must be rediscovered and India must return. There. ”
He said: “In fact, when I won the World Cup in 2000, it was like a mirror, like an old road.” He added that while he was living in Spain, the knockout locations were Delhi and Tehran.
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He said, “So these are the first three countries where chess spread.” He brought the name of chess to India.
The United Nations says that as the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted most of the world’s sporting events, World Chess Day celebrates for the first time a highly competitive game that can be played safely indoors or online, and helps reduce anxiety and improve health psychology.
Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, said: “Today is a celebration of mind games. For hundreds of years, this game has successfully entertained millions of people around the world. The excitement even confused us. ”
He said, “As we celebrated, we remembered the special value that games like chess have brought to many people in this terrible COVID-19 pandemic, and the lockdown that many people have experienced.”
He added that this epidemic is a global crisis in different ways from physical, social and economic points of view, and the restrictions imposed have affected the mental health of many people.
Chess also provides an important opportunity for realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Fleming said: “The United Nations incorporates sporting events into its work to promote development and peace. This is part of our broader efforts to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. ” More and more people know about sports. Can be sustainable development, a factor of peace and social integration. ”
Dekakovic, Chairman of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), said that chess can be a tool for improving the world, “strengthening peace, implementing non-discriminatory policies and creating a better society.”