Former world champion Viswanathan Anand and five other leading Indian players will compete in an online chess exhibition on April 11 to raise funds for country’s fight against COVID-19.

The Indians will take on players from across the world on the portal

Apart from Anand, India No.2 Vidit S Gujrathi, P Harikrishna, Baskaran Adhiban (all Grandmasters) and the country’s top two women players-Koneru Humpy and Dronavalli Harika will compete on 20-board event.

The event will be streamed live on, where all donations made will be sent to the PM’s CARES Fund.

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Anand, who is stuck in Germany owing to the travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, tweeted: “Please support the Indian Chess Community’s support towards Covid 19 relief.”

To participate in the event, players must have a blitz or FIDE standard rating of under 2000 and will be required to make a donation during the registration process.

A guaranteed game against Anand requires a minimum donation of USD 150. However, a USD 25 registration fetches the chance to play any two of the six Indian stars (one of whom may be Anand).

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Just five spots are left to play against Anand.

Besides, the three biggest donors will get to play against Anand on additional boards during the live stream on “It is a privilege that we can play our sport from home and collect funds for a good cause,” Harika said.

On his part, the Chennai-based Adhiban said, “I am excited about the event. I am happy to support a good cause.”