Chess training for schoolchildren in Tamil Nadu soon, says CM MK Stalin

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Soon chess training for TN schoolchildren: Stalin

Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram sparked huge interest in the game among Tamil Nadu students

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin presents a check of Rs 1 crore each to India-B and India-A women's team for winning bronze medals at the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad.  Credit: PTI file photo

The Tamil Nadu government plans to organize training sessions for students, especially those in public schools, by grandmasters and top names in chess to ensure greater state participation in the game.

The government’s decision follows the active participation of school students in chess competitions held on the sidelines of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram from July 29 to August 10. Chief Minister MK Stalin made the announcement on Monday when distributing prizes and grants to state athletes.

“We will soon start hosting online chess training sessions for students, especially those in public schools. These workouts will be led by great masters and those who have excelled in the sport. This training will help public school students to participate in international events,” Stalin said.

The Mamallapuram Chess Olympiad has generated huge interest in the “intelligence game” among students in Tamil Nadu who have participated in games held in their schools. The Chief Minister said that the DMK government has modernized the sports infrastructure in the state and encouraged students to play sports.

He also launched the Chief Minister’s Trophy for various sports and announced that such competitions would be held regularly from June to January every year.

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