One of the biggest chess events in the world, the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 is set to start on July 28 in Chennai and will run till August 10.
The FIDE Chess Olympiad is being held in India for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1927. This edition is the first in Asia in 30 years. Live streaming of the event will be available.
The event will see the highest number of countries participating in a FIDE Chess Olympiad. Nearly 350 teams in the Open and women’s sections from 187 countries will be in fray. Of these, 188 teams are in the Open section and 162 in the women’s.
Previously, the Batumi Olympiad in 2018 had set the record with 184 and 150 teams in the Open and women’s sections, respectively, from 179 countries. The London 1927 edition fielded 16 countries.
Reigning world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the highest-rated player ever, will be competing in the tournament. Norway are seeded third in the Chennai Olympiad.
India's 30-member squad will be their biggest squad ever. The hosts will field three teams each in the Open and women’s sections.
Host countries can field two teams but India were allowed to field one additional team in both categories as the total number of teams was odd.
Each team has five members, of which four will be fielded in each round. The Chess Olympiad will be played in an 11-round Swiss League format.
Vidit Gujrathi, who led India to a gold medal in the virtually-held Chess Olympiad 2020, Pentala Harikrishna, in his 10th Olympiad, and Chennai-based Krishnan Sasikiran, a member of the bronze-winning team at Tromso 2014, will be a part of India’s first team in the Open section. SL Narayanan and 19-year-old Arjun Erigaisi, both making their debut in the event, will also be part of the first team.
In the absence of Russia and China, India Team 1 is seeded second while the USA tops the ranking list.
India’s second Open team comprises Adbhiban B, who was a part of the Indian side which won the bronze medal in 2014, and four debutants including 16-year-old Praggnanandhaa R.
The Indian women’s first team fields former world rapid chess champion Koneru Humpy, world No. 10 Harika Dronavalli, Tania Sachdev and debutants R Vaishali and Bhakti Kulkarni. The team is seeded first.
The second team in the women’s section will consist of national champions Soumya Swaminathan, Mary Ann Gomes, Padmini Rout, Vantika Agarwal and 15-year-old Divya Deshmukh.
Praggnanandhaa R and R Vaishali are the second set of siblings to represent India at the same Olympiad after N Saritha and N Sudhakar Babu, who played in the Greece 1988 edition.
Indian chess grandmaster and five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, who decided against playing the upcoming Chess Olympiad, will be the mentor of the Indian teams.
India have won three medals at the Chess Olympiad so far; a bronze in the Open section at Tromso 2014, a gold in 2020 (joint winners with Russia) and a women's team bronze in 2021. The last two editions were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022: Indian teams and seeds
Team 1: Vidit Gujrathi, Pentala Harikrishna, Krishnan Sasikiran, Arjun Erigaisi, SL Narayanan - seeded second
Team 2: Praggnanandhaa R, Nihal Sarin, Gukesh D, Raunak Sadhwani, Adbhiban B - seeded 11th
Team 3: Surya Shekhar Ganguly, S.P. Sethuraman, Abhijeet Gupta, Karthikeyan Murali, Abhimanyu Puranik - seeded 17th
Team 1: Koneru Humpy, Harika Dronavalli, Tania Sachdev, R Vaishali, Bhakti Kulkarni - seeded first
Team 2: Soumya Swaminathan, Mary Ann Gomes, Padmini Rout, Vantika Agarwal, Divya Deshmukh - seeded 11th
Team 3: Eesha Karavade, Sahithi Varshini, Pratyusha Bodda, Nandhidhaa PV, Vishwa Vasnawala - seeded 16th
FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022: Schedule and live start times
All times are Indian Standard Time (IST)
Friday, July 29: Round 1 - 3:00 PM IST
Saturday, July 30: Round 2 - 3:00 PM IST
Sunday, July 31: Round 3 - 3:00 PM IST
Monday, August 1: Round 4 - 3:00 PM IST
Tuesday, August 2: Round 5 - 3:00 PM IST
Wednesday, August 3: Round 6 - 3:00 PM IST
Thursday, August 4: Rest Day
Friday, August 5: Round 7 - 3:00 PM IST
Saturday, August 6: Round 8 - 3:00 PM IST
Sunday, August 7: Round 9 - 3:00 PM IST
Monday, August 8: Round 10 - 3:00 PM IST
Tuesday, August 9: Round 11 - 3:00 PM IST
Where to watch FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 live streaming in India?
Live streaming of the FIDE Chess Olympiad 2022 will be available on the official YouTube channel of FIDE Chess Olympiad. The event will be telecast live on the Doordarshan TV channel in India.