Ahmedabad, December 24, 2010: A new world record was
created at Swarnim Chess Mahotsav 2010 Gujarat, with 20,480 players playing
simultaneous Chess at Gujarat University Grounds in Ahmedabad. The earlier
record was of 13,446 players at Mexico City in 2006.
The record breaking event was 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. Ms. Tarika
Vara, Adjudication Executive, Guinness World Records was also present on the
occasion to verify the new record on behalf of Guinness World Records.
A unique initiative by the Government of Gujarat, Gujarat State Chess
Association and NIIT Limited, the 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