24 Dec 2010
Source : DeshGujarat
As many as 20,000 students and 1,200 masters will gather at Ahmedabad’s Gujarat University ground today at around 5.00 pm and play a game of chess simultaneously to break Mexico’s Guinness world record of the largest number of people playing the game together at the same time. A lady adjudicator from Guinness Book arrived in the city from London on Thursday. Each master will take on 20 players. Another 200 masters will be on stand by.
The record-breaking event is being held by Gujarat State Chess Association, NIIT and the Gujarat government’s arm Gujarat Sports Authority after preparations of 10 months. The Gujarat University ground has been divided into 64 squares with 320 participants in one square. From top of the GMDC building it looks like a big chess board.
El Zocalo, Mexico City’s central square, had set the record when 13,446 players had assembled to play chess on October 21, 2006. Former world champion Anatoly Karpov was the guest of honour in Mexico while Ahmedabad will have current world champion Viswanathan Anand.