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Gopal relays the Chess Olympiad Torch at Ayodhya and Gorakhpur with Vantika and Tejas

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/06/2022

The 16th Grandmaster of India, Gopal G N received the Chess Olympiad Torch at Ayodhya. Gopal along with GM Tejas Bakre and WGM Vantika Agrawal carried the Torch to Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. At the age of 18 years, Gopal became Kerala's first Grandmaster. He won the Bronze medal for Team India in both Asian Games and World Team Championship in 2010. He represented India at the Olympiads three times - 2008, 2010 and 2012. The Keralite won an individual Gold, three Silver and three Bronze medals at a multitude of Asian Team, Zonal and Sub-Junior tournaments. He has also won Gold and Silver in National Junior and Premier events. Photo: AICF

Vantika Agrawal travels to seven cities in three days

On Tuesday 28th June 2022, The Cabinet Minister for Urban Development and Energy of Uttar Pradesh, Arvind Kumar Sharma received the Chess Olympiad Torch from WGM Vantika Agrawal and handed it over to 16th GM of India, Gopal G N in presence of GM Tejas Bakre and Dr. Sanjay Kapoor, AICF President at Ayodhya.

GM Tejas Bakre, GM Gopal G N and WGM Vantika Agrawal arrive with the Chess Olympiad Torch | Photo: AICF

GM Tejas Bakre, GM Gopal G N, WGM Vantika Agrawal, Arvind Kumar Sharma and Dr. Sanjay Kapoor at Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: AICF

India's 16th GM Gopal G N receives the Chess Olympiad Torch from Arvind Kumar Sharma, Cabinet Minister for Urban Development and Energy of Uttar Pradesh | Photo: AICF

GM Tejas Bakre making a ceremonial move in presence of Dr. Sanjay Kapoor, Arvind Kumar Sharma, WGM Vantika Agrawal, GM Gopal G N and other officials | Photo: AICF

GM Gopal G N is seen playing Simultaneous exhibition matches with the local chess enthusiasts | Photo: AICF

WGM Vantika Agrawal, GM Tejas Bakre and GM Gopal G N with the Chess Olympiad Torch | Photo: AICF

The next stop was Gorakhpur. The Cabinet Minister for Agriculture of Uttar Pradesh, Surya Pratap Shahi received the torch from WGM Vantika Agrawal and handed it over to GM Gopal G N in presence of GM Tejas Bakre and Dr. Sanjay Kapoor, AICF President at Gorakhpur.

GM Gopal G N, WGM Vantika Agrawal and GM Tejas Bakre arrive with the Chess Olympiad Torch at Gorakhpur | Photo: AICF

GM Tejas Bakre, GM Gopal G N, Dr. Sanjay Kapoor and MLA Surya Pratap Sahi along with other officials | Photo: AICF

GM Tejas Bakre, WGM Vantika Agrawal and GM Gopal G N getting photographed by various chess enthusiasts | Photo: AICF

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WGM Vantika Agrawal shared on her fb - "Travelling more than 4000 km on road for 3 days in 7 cities across Uttar Pradesh starting from Agra and ending in Gorakhpur with our passionate AICF President Dr. Sanjay Kapoor was such a memorable experience. He is a charismatic leader, a dynamic organizer who planned every torch relay to perfection, an eloquent orator, as well as a polite conversationalist. He selflessly ensured that all the Grandmasters got their due respect and recognition. Thank you so much, Sanjay sir, for constantly motivating me and making me feel this special."

Where is the Torch heading next?

Check out the upcoming dates where the Chess Olympiad Torch is heading next. For exact timing and location, please contact your local district/state chess association.

S. No. Date City / State, UT
1 20th June 2022 New Delhi, Delhi
2 20th June 2022 Leh, Ladakh
3 21st June 2022 Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
4 21st June 2022 Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
5 22nd June 2022 Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
6 22nd June 2022 Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
7 23rd June 2022 Chandigarh, Chandigarh
8 23rd June 2022 Patiala, Punjab
9 23rd June 2022 Amritsar, Punjab
10 24th June 2022 Kurukshetra, Haryana
11 24th June 2022 Panipat, Haryana
12 24th June 2022 Gurugram, Haryana
13 25th June 2022 Dehradun, Uttarakhand
14 25th June 2022 Haridwar, Uttarakhand
15 25th June 2022 Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
16 26th June 2022 Noida, Uttar Pradesh
17 26th June 2022 Agra, Uttar Pradesh
18 26th June 2022 Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
19 27th June 2022 Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
20 27th June 2022 Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
21 28th June 2022 Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh
22 28th June 2022 Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
23 29th June 2022 Jaipur, Rajasthan
24 29th June 2022 Ajmer / Pushkar, Rajasthan
25 29th June 2022 Udaipur, Rajasthan
26 30th June 2022 Ahmedabad, Gujarat
27 30th June 2022 Kevadia, Gujarat
28 30th June 2022 Vadodra, Gujarat
29 1st July 2022 Surat, Gujarat
30 1st July 2022 Dandi, Gujarat
31 1st July 2022 Daman, Daman & Diu
32 2nd July 2022 Nagpur, Maharashtra
33 2nd July 2022 Pune, Maharashtra
34 2nd July 2022 Mumbai, Maharashtra
35 3rd July 2022 Panaji, Goa
36 3rd July 2022 Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
37 4th July 2022 Indore, Madhya Pradesh
38 4th July 2022 Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
39 5th July 2022 Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
40 5th July 2022 Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
41 6th July 2022 Patna, Bihar
42 6th July 2022 Rajgir, Bihar
43 6th July 2022 Gaya, Bihar
44 7th July 2022 Ranchi, Jharkhand
45 7th July 2022 Kolkata, West Bengal
46 8th July 2022 Siliguri, West Bengal
47 8th July 2022 Gangtok, Sikkim
48 9th July 2022 Cooch Behar, West Bengal
49 9th July 2022 Guwahati, Assam
50 10th July 2022 Shillong, Meghalaya
51 10th July 2022 Imphal, Manipur
52 11th July 2022 Kohima, Nagaland
53 12th July 2022 Aizawl, Mizoram
54 13th July 2022 Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
55 13th July 2022 Dibrugarh, Assam
56 14th July 2022 Nam Sai Arunachal Pradesh
57 14th July 2022 Agartala, Tripura
58 15th July 2022 Bhubaneswar, Odisha
59 15th July 2022 Puri, Odisha
60 15th July 2022 Konark, Odisha
61 16th July 2022 Raipur, Chattisgarh
62 16th July 2022 Hyderabad, Telangana
63 17th July 2022 Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh
64 17th July 2022 Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
65 18th July 2022 Bengaluru, Karnataka
66 19th July 2022 Mangaluru, Karnataka
67 20th July 2022 Kavaratti, Lakshadweep (Agatti Island Airport)
68 21th July 2022 Thrissur, Kerala
69 22st July 2022 Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
70 23rd July 2022 Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
71 23rd July 2022 Puducherry, Puducherry
72 24th July 2022 Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
73 25th July 2022 Madurai, Tamil Nadu
74 26th July 2022 Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
75 27th July 2022 Chennai, Tamil Nadu

 

 


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