An Introduction by Priyadarshan Banjan / Read Main Report here.
This is clearly the biggest chess event of India for the year 2017.
The World Youth Chess Olympiad kicks off in less than 12 hours at the Karnavati Club in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. It is not the quietest of times here, though.
Being the fifth largest city in India, this is obviously a very important city for the Indian economy. It is over 600 years old, and it also was chosen to be a World Heritage City by UNESCO, the first Indian city to own this honour.
Of course, the mind-boggling pollution — with the air so thick, you can assume it is a black blanket — can make you think this is not a city for you. But once you actually begin exploring it, you begin to see the beauty of this beast.
It is all about the architecture here. The centuries-old mosques and mausoleums to cutting-edge contemporary design, you can see it all. The hustle and bustle of the city is offset by the tranquility of the Sabarmati Ashram — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s former headquarters. [Yours truly, when he was younger, began his education of history with a visit to the Ashram and a copy of ‘My Experiments with Truth’, Gandhi’s autobiography.]
Anyway, I promise you a tour of this city in the following days.
Right now, it is a very tense moment in the life of Gujaratis. The elections are in the process and the entire state is in a state of flux. You can feel it in the air, everywhere — airplane, airport, bus, drivers chitchatting, common people discussing (which is far more civil than rioting, you know), and of course…
But what caught my fancy was some of the interesting names for the various amenities. You don’t call it a ‘Swimming Pool’ here; you call it a ‘Splash’. A gym is called ‘Re:Charge’.
|Round 1 on 2017/12/11 at 1400|
|Rtg||FED||0 : 0|
The coach of the top seeds India Green team, Prasenjit Dutta was fairly optimistic about his wards. He commented, “They are all so strong already. My job would be focused on motivating them. Let them learn from each other, and I myself will learn from them in the process!”
Some pictures of the various folk dances of Gujarat at the Opening Ceremony: