Yuzvendra Chahal to play charity match against chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand

Yuzvendra Chahal will take on former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand in a charity match to raise funds for COVID-19.

The Indian grandmaster will be playing a series of matches against some of the famous celebrities on June 13 to raise funds for the Akshaya Patra Foundation's COVID-19 relief efforts.

The list of participants includes Aamir Khan, Kiccha Sudeep, Riteish Deshmukh, singer Arijit Singh, singer-songwriter Ananya Birla, cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal, Manu Kumar Jain – MD of Xiaomi India, Nikhil Kamath – Co-founder of Zerodha, producer Sajid Nadiadwala and Prachura Padakannaya.

Chahal revealed the news to his fans via Instagram.

Anand also shared a video for his fans on Twitter. “Looking forward to playing some exciting chess,” wrote the grandmaster.

All the proceeds of this charity event will go towards serving individuals and families from vulnerable communities who are at a high risk of hunger during this devastating second wave of the pandemic.

The charity event is a part of Checkmate COVID Celebrity Edition by India and Prachura Padakannaya, CEO – Xcetra Talent Management, in association with Akshaya Patra. It will be held on 13 June, 2021, at 5.00 pm, and live-streamed on India's official YouTube channel.

Chahal is a former chess player and has participated in national tournaments during his school days. The leg-spinner has also represented India at the World Youth Chess Championship.

The 30-year-old is named in India's white-ball squad for the upcoming limited-over series against Sri Lanka, starting from July 13.

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