Indian chess grandmaster and former world chess champion Viswanathan Anand to play “simultaneous exposure” match against top celebrities and prominent businessmen across the country to raise money for food aid efforts Akshaya Patra Foundation COVID-19 Relief Aid.
The COVID Checkmate series will have five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand play five Indian celebrities and business leaders at a time in one-hour simulated games. These include Bollywood celebrities Aamir Khan, Kiccha Sudeep, Riteish Deshmukh, singer Arijit Singh, singer-songwriter Ananya Birla, cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal, Manu Kumar Jain – MD from Xiaomi India, Nikhil Kamath – Co-founder of Zerodha, producer Sajid Nadiadwala and Prachura Padakannaya.
All proceeds from this charity event will go to individuals and families in vulnerable communities who are at high risk of hunger during this devastating second wave of the pandemic.
The charity event is 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 June 13, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. and will be streamed live on the official YouTube channel of Chess.com India.
Padakannaya said: “Despite being at the forefront of the international chess circuit, India has not received the recognition and prominence it deserves. Events like the COVID Checkmate can draw the attention of the public and celebrities to the chess fraternity and thus support social causes. “
Shridhar Venkat, CEO of Akshaya Patra, said: “Sports and business fraternities have always stood up to help the people of this country in times of need. It is heartwarming to see the pillars of both fields come together for a cause once again.
I am extremely grateful to Viswanathan Anand and these distinguished celebrities and businessmen for understanding the gravity of the situation and for supporting Akshaya Patra’s food aid efforts for COVID-19 through this charity event. I also thank Chess.com India and Prachura Padakannaya for bringing all these personalities together for a common cause. We, as a country, are going through an unprecedented crisis, and therefore, it is important that we all work together to ensure that no one goes hungry, even in these difficult times. “
Akshaya Patra has undertaken emergency food supplies in 19 states and one Union territory through its network of kitchens. Since March 2020, the Foundation has served more than 128 million meals to people from vulnerable communities who are struggling to organize themselves to eat due to the COVID-19 pandemic and containment measures to curb the epidemic.