A US-based online chess platform chessKid.com has arrived India under the mentorship of Grand master Viswanathan Anand on 11th July in Chennai. Indian Express reports more.

The online chess platform aims to provide deep, enriching content for kids, teaching children the creativity of art and logical reasoning while also teaching calculated risk-taking and sportsmanship.

Under Anand’s guidance, chesskid.com would release curated chess content and hold annual online competitions for India’s aspiring young chess players, the online platform said.

Indian chess has risen consistently in the last past three decades. India currently has 63 grandmaster and ranks 8th in the world. In June, last year Tamil Nadu’s R Praggnananddhan became the world’s second-youngest chess grandmaster at the age of 12 years and 10 months.

Speaking about the new initiatives, Carey Fan, the CEO of chesskid.com said, “India is a rapidly rising chess country. There are 195 million elementary school-aged children in India and the education market is expected to grow to 40 billion dollars by the end of 2019, up from 20 billion in 2015. There is a lot of scope for a chess platform like ours to flourish here.

“Also, we have Vishwanathan Anand on board with us who is considered to be one of the greatest sportspersons in history. While there are many chess platforms in the market, chesskid is one of the few platforms that amalgamates joy of playing a game like chess as well as offers some rich content that keeps users engaged.”

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