FIDE Current Affairs - 2020

Chess Legend Viswanathan Anand named ambassador of WWF India

On April 17, 2020, the Chess legend Viswanathan Anand was named the ambassador of World Wide Fund India. He has joined the organization for its environment education programme.

Highlights

The environment education programme was started in 1976. It undertakes initiatives to reach out to  youth, school children and citizens in the country. The main aim of the programme is to create problem solvers, critical thinkers and environmentally conscious individuals.

It reaches out to 5 lakh children and 2000 schools.

World Wide Fund

The WWF is an international NGO that was founded in 1961. It is the largest conservation organization in the world with more than 5 million supporters. The organization has so far invested 1 billion USD in more than 12,000 conservation initiatives.

Viswanathan Anand

He is an Indian Chess Grandmaster. HE has won the world Chess champion multiple times. He was the first chess grandmaster from India. He won the FIDE World chess championship continuously between 2000 and 2002 and was the first Asian to achieve this.

Koneru Humpy bags 2019 World Rapid Chess title

Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy claimed the 2019 Women’s World Rapid Chess Champion tiltle. The winner of Women’s World Rapid Championship was decided in a playoff that ended with Humpy beating China’s Lei Tingjie in a dramatic final in Moscow, Russia.

Key Highlights

Humpy, who is India’s best-ever women’s chess player, was crowned world women’s rapid champion at the same venue where Norwegian grandmaster and also classical chess champion Magnus Carlsen won men’s title in space of a few minutes.

This is a significant win for Humpy, who had taken a two-year sabbatical from 2016 to 2018 after she became a mother. She is now more at ease in classical format and was clearly trying to take her skills in rapid format to a new level.

About World Rapid Chess Championship

It is a chess tournament held since 1987, to determine world champion in chess played under rapid time controls. Prior to 2012, the FIDE (international organization that acts as the governing body of international chess competition) gave such recognition to a limited number of tournaments, however, since 2012, FIDE has held an annual joint rapid and blitz chess tournament and called it as Word Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships. It also holds Women’s Word Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship.