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The fact that the Indian Chess Federation (AICF) organized a Chess Olympiad in four months is a testament to its organizational skills. Preparation for the next edition of this biennial event generally begins as the previous one ends, but this had to be done in a hurry. Organizing a Chess Olympiad is almost as complicated as hosting the Olympics. The host is due to accommodate 2,500 players, delegates, coaches, etc., and this edition is the biggest ever with 350 teams from 187 nations. This meant coordinating between state and central governments, finding sponsors, evaluating venues, arranging accommodation, connecting bandwidth to broadcast 1,400 matches simultaneously in real time. In addition, the AICF developed subsidies for national federations, which did not have the means to send teams. This is one of the reasons for record attendance despite the absence of Russia and China, and the withdrawal of Pakistani teams at the request of their government.
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First published: Sunday, July 31, 2022. 10:33 PM IST