New Delhi: Five-time world champion India chess player Vishwanathan Anand have raised nearly Rs 37 lakh for India's fight against the Corona pandemic by playing online exhibition matches. Top chess players of India participated in this campaign organized by Chase.com. The money collected from this will go to Redcross India and Checkmate Covid Expedition.
On Thursday, Anand, Koneru Hampi, D Harika, Nihal Sarin and P Ramesh Babu played online exhibition matches against 105 players on Chase.com. Any player below 2000 with a Chase.com blitz or in a Fitee rating could play with pleasure by paying $ 150, while the remaining four were to pay $ 25 to play with the Grandmaster.
Anand said through Chase.com, 'We are facing a nationwide struggle. The situation is very delicate. Hopefully, this money raised by the chess community will come to some use. Apart from Anand, many other players are also collecting money in the war against Corona. It also includes the name of Indian team captain Virat Kohli and Test specialist Hanuma Vihari.
Meanwhile, Anushka and Virat have contributed ₹11 crore of the total funds raised. The couple urged their fans to come forward and donate to help those who are suffering from coronavirus in the country. The money raised from the fundraiser directly go to ACT Grants who is the implementation partner for this campaign. While Hanuma Vihari has also created a team of around 100 volunteers comprising family members, friends, and followers from across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka. The team has reached people with plasma, oxygen cylinders, arranged food and hospital beds for patients.