Swarnim Chess Mahotsav 2010 Gujarat, is set to create a new world record with 20,000 players playing simultaneous chess at Gujarat University Grounds in Ahmedabad, on December 24th 2010. The record breaking event will be held in the presence of Mr. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, World Chess Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand and Mr. Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman, NIIT Limited. The current record is of 13,446 players at Mexico City, in 2006.

A unique initiative by the Government of Gujarat, Gujarat State Chess Association and NIIT Limited, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest IT trainer, Swarnim Chess Mahotsav 2010, Gujarat, was announced earlier this year to popularize the game of chess in the State. NIIT MindChampions Academy set up Chess Clubs in 1,575 computerized schools of Gujarat to facilitate maximum participation in the mega chess event.
 
Speaking on the significance of Swarnim Chess Mahotsav 2010, Mr. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, remarked during its launch earlier this year that, it was his dream to make Chess a popular game in Gujarat. “Chess can unleash the spirit of sportsmanship in people and make life a festival. Combining education with sports would lead to success,” he said.
 
World Chess Champion and NIIT MindChampion Viswanathan Anand remarked, “I am very excited about this event that is set to take the game of chess to new heights by scripting a new world record. I am sure this unique endeavour will be a very inspiring milestone for Chess players in Gujarat and across India.” 
 
Mr. Rajendra S Pawar, Chairman NIIT Ltd. said, “20,000 participants, playing Chess simultaneously will be a new world record.”
 
The venue layout of the record breaking event promises to be a visual spectacle. The Gujarat University Grounds of Ahmedabad will be turned into a giant Chess Board with 64 alternating black white squares. The players will be segregated equally within the squares which will either be black or white, just as in a Chess Board. The imposing 29,000 square meters of Chess Board, created through perfect colour coordination can be viewed even from the air.

Chess Association of Gujarat will provide around 1000 Masters and Grandmasters for the Swarnim Chess Mahotsav 2010 to be held at Ahmedabad. As a run up to the grand event, NIIT MindChampions Academy will popularize Chess amongst students by forming Chess clubs in schools within the State of Gujarat, which will make available a pool of Chess Players, for participating in the Swarnim Gujarat Chess Mahotsav.