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The official logo and mascot of the 44th Chess Olympiad were released by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr.M.K.Stalin. The logo and mascot named 'Thambi' - means ‘younger brother’ in Tamil.
The mascot 'Thambi' is a knight dressed in the traditional Tamil attire veshti (Dhoti) with a shirt and is seen with folded hands, apparently extending the Tamil greeting 'Vanakkam'. The words "Chess Believe" are seen on its shirt.
The tournament will take place from July 28 to August 10 in Mamallapuram a town near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The competition has already received a record 343 teams in the open and women's sections from 187 countries.
The first Olympic-style Torch Relay of the Chess Olympiad will soon be taken around all the states in the country before being lit in the venue on the inaugural day of the event.
This is the second major international chess event to be hosted by Chennai, after the World Championship match between India’s Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen way back in 2013.
The Chess Olympiad organized by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) is a biennial chess tournament in which teams representing nations of the world compete. In the years 2020 and 2021, the tournament was held Online due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.