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A new world record was set in Ahmedabad on Friday when 22,480 people played chess simultaneously. The feat surpassed the previous mark of 13,446 players set in Mexico in October 21, 2006.

Chess world champion Viswanathan Anand and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi were present at the occasion.

Guinness Book of World Records representative Tarika Vara awarded the certificate to both of them after witnessing the event with her team.

More than 20,000 students and 1,200 experts gathered at around 5.00 pm and played chess simultaneously to break the world record. Each expert took on 20 players. Another 200 experts were on standby. The event was organized by Gujarat State Chess Association, NIIT and the Gujarat Sports Authority after 10 months of preparation.

The Gujarat University ground was divided into 64 squares with 320 participants in one square. From top of the GMDC building, the venue looked like a big chess board.

” I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I am at this point of time. This is an amazing event,”

Anand said. ” I feel like I won one of the biggest title in chess today. I always wanted to do something more for the game apart from just playing it so I started efforts for popularising it across the nation.

I am really proud to be the part of this record- breaking event and will work for spreading awareness for chess in Gujarat.”

Modi pointed out that India has now completed 300 world records and thanked Anand for his help. ” I am thankful to Anand because he came to Gujarat more than once, he guided the players, and instilled the faith that this was possible.” Tarika said: ” I am truly amazed with the talent and turnout here.

It’s a great pleasure to announce that 22,480 played chess at this place simultaneously, and have set a new world record.”