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New Delhi. Indian Chess Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand will play a ‘simultaneous exhibition’ match against the country’s celebrities and businessmen to raise funds for the Akshaya Patra Foundation’s COVID-19 relief feeding efforts.

The ‘Checkmate Covid Series’ will feature 5-time World Champion, Viswanathan Anand, playing ten Indian celebrities and business leaders – five in one-hour simulation games at a time. These include Aamir Khan, Kiccha Sudeep, Riteish Deshmukh, singer Arijit Singh, singer-songwriter Ananya Birla, cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal, Xiaomi India MD Manu Kumar Jain, Zerodha co-founder Nikhil Kamath, producer Sajid Nadiadwala and Aaprupra Padhakannaya.

All proceeds from this charity event will go to serving individuals and families from vulnerable communities who are struggling with hunger during this devastating second wave of the pandemic.

The charity event is a part of the Checkmate COVID-Celebrity Edition by Chess.com India and in association with Akshaya Patra, Prabhupra Padakannaya, CEO – Extra Talent Management. It will be held on June 13, 2021 at 5.00 PM and will be live-streamed on India’s official YouTube channel Chase.com.

Padakannaya said, “Despite being at the forefront of the International Chess CERT, India has not received the recognition and prominence it deserves. Events like Checkmate Covid can draw public and celebrities attention to the chess fraternity and this can lead to a slew of chess fraternity.” Kind can support social causes.”

Sridhar Venkat, CEO – Akshaya Patra said, “The fraternity, both sports and business, has always stepped forward to help the people of this country, whenever the need arises. The stalwarts of both the fields are once again united for a cause. It’s a pleasure to be together.

“I am deeply grateful to Viswanathan Anand and these eminent personalities and businessmen for understanding the gravity of the situation and extending their support to Akshaya Patra’s COVID-19 relief feeding efforts through this charity event. I wish all these personalities a common cause. I am also grateful to Chess.com India and Prabhupra Padakannaya for bringing us together for the cause. We, as a country, are passing through an unprecedented crisis, and it is therefore important that we all work together to ensure that Let no one go hungry even in this difficult time.”

Akshaya Patra is serving relief meals in 19 states and one union territory through its network of kitchens. Since March 2020, the foundation has served food to over 128 million people from vulnerable communities who are facing difficulties in arranging food for themselves due to the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to contain the outbreak.

–IANS

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