The land of Gandhi invites you for World Youth (U-16) Olympiad 2017

by Sagar Shah
11/2/2017 – The World Youth Olympiad (under-16) will be held in India in the city of Ahmedabad from the 10th to 19th of December 2017. Already 17 teams have registered for the event. India is fielding their strongest team which includes GM Aryan Chopra and two of the biggest talents R. Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin. Will there be any team to stop the hosts? In this article you get all the information about the event and also get to know why from a tourist point of view, Gujarat is one of the most scenic destinations in the country. Thumbnail image: Lennart Ootes

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Prodigies in the house

What is one of the biggest attractions at this year's World Youth (under-16) Olympiad 2017? Two of India's biggest talents Praggnanandhaa. R. and Nihal Sarin will be sitting side by side and seen in action, representing team India at the event.

Two of the brightest young talents of Indian and world chess: IM Nihal Sarin and IM R. Praggnanandhaa | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Team Green

Apart from Praggnanandhaa and Nihal, the team consists of GM Aryan Chopra on board one who became a grandmaster at the age of 14 years and 9 months, P. Iniyan who is a talented International Master and WIM R. Vaishali who recently finished third at the super strong Chigorin blitz and is one of the most upcoming female players in the country. It is compulsory to have at least one girl playin on a team.

Confirmed Teams:

Apart from the hosts who would be fielding more than one team, the following countries have confirmed their participation:

(1) Argentina (2) Canada (3) Belarus (4) Armenia (5) Malaysia (6) Mongolia (7) Israel (8) Irish (9) Russia (10) Uzbekistan (11) Kyrgyz Republic (12) Australia (13) Indonesia (14) Sri Lanka (15) Turkey (16) Uganda (17) Kazakhstan

The event will take place from the 10th to the 19th of December 2017. Last date of entry is 25th November 2017

Things which make this event special:

1. The venue

The tournament will be held at the Golden Glory Hall in Karnavati Club. The Karnavati Club is supposed to be the best club in the whole of Gujarat.

Karnavati Club

2. Hotel Aloft by SPG group

All the players would be given accommodation at the five star luxury accommodation in Hotel Aloft.

Aloft hotel

3. Organized by Gujarat State Chess Association

The State of Gujarat has some of the best chess infrastructure in the country of India with having an entire college dedicated to chess.

World record chess

What's this? This is an image of the Guinness World record created back in 2010 where we had highest number of people playing chess at a single location. There were nearly 20,000 people playing at the same time. And this event was organized by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi along with Gujarat State Chess Association.

Just a day ago Narendra Modi met the Prince of Bhutan and gifted him a chess set. This just shows his love towards the game of chess!

Under the able guidance of president Ajay Patel and Secretary Bhavesh Patel and the All India Chess Federation backing the event, it goes without saying that the World Youth Olympiad 2017 will be organized in the best possible manner!

The team of Gujarat State Chess Association

4. Places to visit in Gujarat:

Gandhi's house

Gujarat is the land where Mahatma Gandhi was born. The Sabarmati Ashram (above) was one of the residences of Gandhi, who lived there for about twelve years along with his wife, Kasturba Gandhi

Akshardham temple

Akshardham is a famous temple in India and at the center of the 23-acre complex is the Akshardham mandir, built from 6,000 metric tons of pink sandstone from Rajasthan

Ahmedabad river front

The Ahmedabad river front is a great place to spend a relaxed evening!


Asiatic Lions sanctuary


Gir is home to the Asiatic Lions and as per the 2015 census there are 523 lions in the sanctuary

Last date of registration:

The last date of registration for the event has been extended until 25th of November 2017. If you are interested to send your team to the event, here are the contacts:

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Sagar is an International Master from India with two GM norms. He loves to cover chess tournaments, as that helps him understand and improve at the game he loves so much. He is the co-founder and CEO of ChessBase India, the biggest chess news portal in the country. His YouTube channel has over a million subscribers, and to date close to a billion views. ChessBase India is the sole distributor of ChessBase products in India and seven adjoining countries, where the software is available at a 60% discount. compared to International prices.


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