Mitrabha Guha relays the Chess Olympiad Torch at ten cities across the country
India's 72nd and West Bengal's ninth GM Mitrabha Guha received the Chess Olympiad Torch at Kolkata, West Bengal from GM Saptarshi RoyChowdhury. He relayed it to nine more cities in six states across the country. Kolkata witnessed the highest number of GMs at a single Torch Relay event so far. India's 35th GM Saptarshi RoyChowdhury, 51st GM Saptarshi Roy, 72nd GM Mitrabha and 14th GM Neelotpal Das graced everyone with their presence. The list of accolades they have accumulated over the years is countless. 20 children and chess enthusiasts got an opportunity to face the GMs in a tandem simul. Among them, only Debapriya Manna managed to draw her game. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Four GMs attend the Chess Olympiad Torch Relay ceremony at Kolkata
Thursday 7th July - The Sports Minister of Jharkhand, Hafizul Hassan received the Torch and handed it to India's 35th GM Saptarshi RoyChowdhury who took the torch forward.
India's 35th GM Saptarshi RoyChowdhury passed the Torch to West Bengal Governor, Jagdeep Dhankhar. He relayed the Torch to India's 72nd and West Bengal's 9th GM Mitrabha Guha at Sports Authority of India, Kolkata.
National School Under-13 Girls 2022 Bronze medalist and West Bengal Under-15 Girls Rapid Rating in celebration of 44th Chess Olympiad winner, 12-year-old Debapriya Manna held the tandem of GM Mitrabha Guha and GM Neelotpal Das to a draw.
The match had to be adjudged, due to time constraints. All remaining 18 games were won by the GMs. The Simul featured a National School Under-17 Open champion, Ujaan Bhattacharya and National School Under-13 Girls second runner-up, Debapriya Manna. It possibly had one of the strongest simul participants in the Chess Olympiad Torch Relay events.
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Friday 8th July - Dr. Shankar Ghosh, MLA Siliguri received the torch at Salugara Monastery. India's 72nd GM Mitrabha Guha took the Torch forward.
Kunga Nima Lepcha, Minister of Education and Sports, Sikkim received the torch at Sikkim Manipal University and handed it over to GM Mitrabha Guha.
Sunday 10th July: India's 72nd GM Mitrabha Guha took the Torch forward at SAI STC, Shillong, Meghalaya.
The Minister of Sports & Youth Welfare, Govt. of Assam, Bimal Borah received the Torch from GM Mitrabha Guha at Sarusajai Sports Complex, Guwahati, Assam.
MLA S Premchandra received the Torch from India's 51st GM Saptarshi Roy who reached Imphal with the Torch at Kangla Fort in Imphal West, Manipur.
Monday 11th July: The Minister of Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue, Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of Nagaland, Neiba Kronu received the Chess Olympiad Torch from India's 36th GM Ankit Rajpara at DC Old Bungalow, Kohima.
Tuesday 12th July: Robert Romawia Royte, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Sports & Youth Services, I&CT, Tourism, Govt. of Mizoram received the Torch from India's 72nd GM Mitrabha Guha in Aizawl, Mizoram.
Wednesday 13th July: The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu received the Torch from India's 72nd GM Mitrabha Guha at D K Convention Hall, Itanagar in presence of various officials.
The Minister of Sports & Youth Welfare, Govt. of Assam, Bimal Borah received the Torch from GM Mitrabha Guha at Multipurpose Indoor Sports Complex, Dibrugarh, Assam.
Thursday 14th July: The Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Chowna Mein received the torch from GM Mitrabha Guha at Town club, Namsai.
The Chief Minister of Tripura, Prof. Dr. Manik Saha received the Torch from GM Mitrabha Guha at Town Hall, Agartala.
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.
|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|