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A Star-Studded Chess Olympiad Torch Relay in Maharashtra

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/07/2022

Nagpur's very own titled teenager trio - WGM Divya Deshmukh, India's 65th and the state's first GM Raunak Sadhwani, India's 71st GM Sankalp Gupta relayed the Chess Olympiad Torch at the Orange city, Maharashtra. India's fourth GM Abhijit Kunte and IM Eesha Karavade carried the Torch in Pune, the city which has the highest number of titled players and GMs of the state. India's third GM Pravin Thipsay and IM Soumya Swaminathan joined GM Abhijit Kunte at the Torch Relay in Mumbai. The amount of accolades and laurels won by them all at both National and International level is humongous. Photo: AICF

Divya, Sankalp, Raunak, Eesha, Abhijit Kunte, Pravin Thipsay and Soumya Swaminathan relay

On Saturday 2nd July 2022, WGM Divya Deshmukh, India's 71st GM Sankalp Gupta and 6th GM Raunak Sadhwani relayed the Chess Olympiad Torch at Nagpur.

WGM Divya Deshmukh, GM Sankalp Gupta and GM Raunak Sadhwani with the Chess Olympiad Torch at Nagpur | Photo: AICF

WGM Divya Deshmukh raises the Torch with the officials | Photo: AICF

The stage | Photo: AICF

WGM Divya Deshmukh, GM Sankalp Gupta and GM Raunak Sadhwani carry the Torch in a car | Photo: AICF

WGM Divya Deshmukh shared her experience in a tweet

India's 4th GM Abhijit Kunte and IM Eesha Karavade took the Torch forward at Pune in presence of Amitabh Gupta IPS, Police Commissioner and Ms. Anjali Bhagwat, Khel Ratna & Arjuna Awardee.

IM Eesha Karavade carrying the Torch with GM Abhijit Kunte and others | Photo: AICF

GM Abhijit Kunte relays the Torch to Amitabh Gupta | Photo: AICF

Amitabh Gupta hands over the Torch to IM Eesha Karavade| Photo: AICF

GM Abhijit Kunte played Simultaneous Exhibition Matches | Photo: AICF

Abhijit Kunte tweeted his experience

India's third GM Pravin Thipsay, fourth GM Abhijit Kunte & IM Soumya Swaminathan relayed the Chess Olympiad Torch forward in Mumbai.

GM Abhijit Kunte arrives with the Torch while it was raining heavily | Photo: Sagar Shah

GM Abhijit Kunte, GM Pravin Thipsay, IM Soumya Swaminathan with the Chess Olympiad Torch and others | Photo: Sagar Shah

India's third GM Pravin Thipsay and IM Soumya Swaminathan relayed the Torch | Photo: Sagar Shah

Ceremonial moves are being made | Photo: AICF

Kids and local chess enthusiasts | Photo: Sagar Shah

ChessBase India's cofounder IM Sagar Shah takes a groupfie with Maharashtra's best | Photo: Sagar Shah
Olympiad Torch Relay at Mumbai feat. GM Pravin Thipsay, GM Abhijit Kunte and IM Soumya Swaminathan | Video: ChessBase India

For more photos, please click here.

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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