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Divers played a chess game at the bottom of the Indian Ocean

01.08.2022 ТАСС 120 просмотров

Indian divers played chess on the ocean floor in honor of the World Chess Olympiad.

A group of Indian divers plunged to the bottom of the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean near the city of Chennai, where the World Chess Olympiad is taking place, and played chess underwater. This was reported on Monday by the CNN-TV channel.

The divers dedicated their action to the world chess tournament, which the republic is hosting for the first time in history. Divers unfolded a chessboard at the bottom, on which they put up pieces on magnets. They themselves, in addition to diving suits, were dressed in masks of a chess piece of a knight.

Prime Minister of IndiaNarendra Modi opened the World Chess Olympiad in Chennai, the capital of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, on July 28. The competition will be held until August 10. Representatives of 186 countries will compete for the title of the best chess nation in the world. On the Indian side, three teams take part in the Olympiad in the open and women's tournaments. Former Indian world champion Viswanathan Anand will not play, but will act as a coach.

Initially, the 44th World Chess Olympiad was supposed to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk in 2020, but a year before the start of the competition, it was announced that the tournament would be moved to Moscow. The tournament did not take place in the capital of the Russian Federation due to coronavirus, during the pandemic FIDE held two online tournaments, which were won by the Russian national team.

Due to the situation in Ukraine, Russia was deprived of the right to hold competitions, and the national teams of the Russian Federation and Belarus were suspended from all tournaments under the auspices of FIDE.

In addition, the national teams of China and Pakistan refused to participate in the Olympics.

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