Though Anand’s birthday falls on December 11, the organisers – Chanakya Chess Club and Bombay Chess Association have decided to hold the ‘Mega Chess Festival’ one week later at suburban Goregaon.

”We are perhaps the only organisation that conducts chess events for under 6 age group and children as young as three and a half have taken part,” said Dhananjay Ramraje of Chanakya Chess Club at a media conference here today, adding that 40 schools were taking part in the tournament.

Host school’s Germany-born head Andreas Swobada, said that an analytical sport like chess ”will undoubtedly help students to harness their skills and help in their all-round development.”