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.
— Viswanathan Anand (@vishy64theking) June 12, 2021
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 Chess.com 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 Chess.com 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.