Viswanathan Anand 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.

Viswanathan Anand joins as mentor of ChessKid

Viswanathan Anand, India’s first Grandmaster and five-time World chess champion has become mentor for Indian edition of chesskid.com, a US-based chess platform.

Under the guidance of 49-year-old Anand who has inspired a generation of young chess players, online platform chesskid.com would release curated chess content and hold annual online competitions for India’s aspiring young chess players.

About Chess Kid

It is a US-based online chess platform. It launched its Indian edition under mentorship of Viswanathan Anand.

It is the world’s largest scholastic website for kids, besides being safe and accessible platform. Kids can play live chess, do puzzles, interact with other players.

Currently there are 1 million kids playing on the online platform.

It develops not only chess skills, but also helps in academics.

Need: Although in India, there are lot of good talents such as Praggnanandhaa, Nihal Sarin and D. Gukesh, but not all kids have ability to get training or resources they require. Thus one way to get that is via technology.