1st-Ever ChessKid Speed Chess Championship Of India Starts Next Week
ChessKid CEO Carey Fan and Vishy Anand, ChessKid chief mentor of India. Photo: ChessKid.

1st-Ever ChessKid Speed Chess Championship Of India Starts Next Week

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Kid don't often get to meet their heroes, until now.

ChessKid.com, the official scholastic extension of Chess.com, has announced the inaugural ChessKid Speed Chess Championship of India to begin January 15-19.

Ten winning ChessKids will get quite a prize: the opportunity to meet national hero and the five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand.

Vishy Anand

The event is a continuation of the partnership between Anand and ChessKid. Last summer, at a press conference in Anand's hometown of Chennai, the legendary grandmaster announced he would become ChessKid's chief mentor of India.

Any child aged 15 or younger (born on or after January 1, 2005) who both resides in India and goes to school in India is eligible to compete in the two-stage event.

From January 15-19 there will be four qualifier tournaments per day, beginning at 3:30 p.m. India Standard Time (IST) on ChessKid's "Fast Chess" (live) server. If a ChessKid finishes in the top five of any one of those events, then he/she qualifies for the championship stage.

In the championship stage, the top six finishers on that day will win the grand prize and punch their ticket to meet Anand.

Vishy Anand FunMasterMike Mike Klein
Vishy Anand and the ChessKid team in Chennai in 2019. Left to right: CEO Carey Fan, India marketing director IM Rakesh Kulkarni, Anand and chief chess officer FM Mike Klein. Photo: ChessKid.

If you are an Indian child and already have a ChessKid account, make sure to join this club so that you'll see the tournaments in the Fast Chess server. If you are an Indian child and do not yet have a ChessKid account, please create one with the "Sign Up" button on the official registration and rules page.

All games will be scrutinized by ChessKid/Chess.com's fair play protocols.

Note that in the case of ties for top placements in either the qualification or championship stages, ChessKid's normal tiebreak methods will be used. Also, if a child finishes in the top five in more than one qualifier, no special benefit is derived, nor will qualification "drop down" to the sixth-place finisher.

In addition to the six ChessKids winning a Vishy meeting after the championship stage, four other lucky Indian ChessKids will be chosen at random to attend. To be eligible for that lottery, you must be a ChessKid gold member and you must have completed all of the games of one qualifier.

Make sure to join the ChessKid Indian Speed Chess Club so that you'll see the tournaments when you enter Fast Chess.

All winners will be contacted by email, so make sure your ChessKid account has a valid email address associated with it.

The date of the championship event and of the Anand meeting are both to be determined. A nice bonus for the 10 winning ChessKids: You get to bring one parent with you for the occasion, and the prize includes airfare for both of you!

R Praggnanandhaa
Yes, at 14.5 years of age, GM R Praggnanandhaa is eligible to play (although we don't think he will)! Photo: ChessKid.

The gathering with Anand will likely be in Chennai and will include games and instruction with India's most famous chess player. Anand was India's first-ever GM, first world junior champion and first world champion...but it remains to be seen who will become first-ever ChessKid Speed Chess Champion of India. Good luck to everyone!

The full rules of the event can be found here.

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