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- PM Narendra Modi will announce the inauguration of the 44th Chess Olympiad at the grand opening ceremony to be held at JLN Indoor Stadium in Chennai on the evening of 28 July.
- Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Anurag Thakur will also attend the event.
- The Prime Minister also launched the 1st-ever Chess Olympiad torch relay at the Indira Gandhi National Stadium in New Delhi on 19 July.
- The torch travelled to 75 iconic places in the country in a span of 40 days, covering a distance of about 20000 kilometres.
- It culminated in Mahabalipuram before moving to FIDE Headquarters, Switzerland.