online nations cup

Online Nations Cup starts from Tomorrow, Final on 10 May

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Amid coronavirus when every sports event has been postponed for an indefinite time, the FIDE- The International Chess Federation and are going to host the Online Nations Cup. This is good news for sports lovers. The online tournament will begin on Tuesday 5 May and the final will be played on 10 May. It will include teams from India, Russia, America, China, Europe, and the Rest of the World (Rest of the World). They will be played in the round-robin till 9 May. After this, the finals will be held on May 10 between the top-2 teams. Viswanathan Anand, a 5-time World Chase champion, will also play for India in this tournament.

Almost all the sports tournaments until June-July have been postponed or canceled due to the Corona epidemic. The sport’s biggest event, Olympics that was going to held in Tokyo has also been postponed for a year. At the same time, the cricket tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) has also been postponed indefinitely.

Vladimir Kramnik will be the captain of India

The prize money for this tournament is 1 lakh 80 thousand dollars (about 1.38 crore rupees). Veterans Gary Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik who are retired chess players will also join the tournament as captain of Europe and Indian team respectively. All the teams will include veteran players from all over the world, while the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen will not be able to play in this tournament.

Indian Chess Squad

All 6 teams will have 7 players including captain and one woman player. Apart from captain Vladimir from the Indian side, Viswanathan Anand, Vidit Gujarati, Pantalla Harikrishna, Koneru Hampi, Adhiban Bhaskaran, and HarikaDronavalli are in the squad. Only four players (three men and one woman) from each team will play in the match. The captain will select these players. The rest will remain in reserve.

Players will get 25 minutes for each move

After every move in the game, the player will get 25 minutes and 10 seconds as extra time. The round-robin will be followed by the final between the top-2 teams. It will last 10 rounds. In the event of a final tie, the team that qualified first in the round-robin would be declared the winner. All matches will be played on 4 boards and will be contested in two rounds every day.

There will be close monitoring during the matches

The players will be connected through video conferencing to see if improper methods are not used during the matches. Also, other types of surveillance including CCTV, desk scan, room scan, screen share, monitor check will be monitored by and FIDE.

Mayank Jain

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