A chess knight wearing a white shirt and dhoti, standing with clasped hands, welcoming players and officials to the 44th Chess Olympiad is the mascot for the mega chess event.
The mascot named “Thambi” or younger brother in Tamil, the language of Tamil Nadu, where the Olympiad is held, was launched by Chief Minister MK Stalin on Thursday evening.
The dhoti has a white and black checkered border and the shirt features the words “Believe Chess”.
Stalin also launched the logo of the 44th Chess Olympiad consisting of different chess pieces.
“Hosting the 44th Chess Olympiad is an absolute honor for Chennai and all our officials are exerting diligent efforts to make it a grand and memorable success in the history of Indian sports,” the chief minister tweeted.
According to the All India Chess Federation (AICF), a record number of 343 teams in the open and women’s sections from 187 countries across the world have registered for the 44th Chess Olympiad so far.
India will field two teams each in open and women’s section.
According to the government of Tamil Nadu, public awareness of this prestigious sporting event will be created by organizing chess tournaments in schools and colleges across the state and publicity will be created in all places where people gather. In large numbers.
Earlier, it was announced that the government of Tamil Nadu and the AICF will hold a design competition – logo, mascot and slogan – for the upcoming 44th Chess Olympiad.
“The three competitions have three individual cash prizes. The first prize will be Rs 75,000, the second and third prizes will be Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively,” Bharat Singh Chauhan, secretary of the AICF, told the IANS.
Additionally, there are five other exciting prizes, he said.
The competition is open to all Indian citizens, agencies and organizations in India.
Regarding the intellectual property rights of the entries, the Government of Tamil Nadu, the AICF and the International Chess Federation/FIDE would have the rights to all entries for such use as they see fit.
Entrants would have no rights or claims on submitted entries, he added.
The AICF statement is silent on the contest winners.
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