Mascot & Logo for FIDE Chess Olympiad

The official logo, mascot and hashtag were unveiled by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M K Stalin and President of AICF Dr. Sanjay Kapoor in Chennai.

Key Facts

  • The 44th Chess Olympiad is scheduled to be organised in July 2022.
  • ‘Thambi’ is the official mascot of the Olympiad. In Tamil language, Thambi means little or younger brother.
  • Before the launch of Mascot, it was announced that Torch Relay will take place at Olympiad, for the first time in the history of Chess Olympiad.
  • Torch Relay will now take place at each Olympiad and will start from the 44th edition.

44th Chess Olympiad

The 44th Chess Olympiad is organised by Federation Internationale des Echecs (FIDE). It comprises of open and women’s tournaments, and other several events which are designed to promote chess. The tournament will be held in Chennai from July 28 to August 10, 2022. It will be held in the convention center at the Four Points by Sheraton in Mahabalipuram.

Background

This event was initially supposed to organise from August 5 to 17, 2020, in Khanty-Mansiysk, which hosted the Chess Olympiad 2010. But later FIDE decided to shift it to Moscow. However, in the aftermath of Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, FIDE decided to move the event from Moscow. Khanty-Mansiysk was to host opening ceremony and inaugural Chess Paralympics, which was specifically designed for people with disabilities. They were allowed to participate as members of teams representing blind, physically disabled players and deaf in the past.

About FIDE

FIDE is the French acronym for “International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation”. It stands for “Federation Internationale des Echecs. FIDE is an international organization, headquartered in Switzerland.  It connects several national chess federations and works as the governing body of international chess competition. It was founded on July 20, 1924 in Paris, France. It was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1999. Currently, there are 200 members of FIDE.

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