Chief minister Narendra Modi, considered a deft political player – having overtaken and slowly finished his rivals one after another in sharp moves – strongly advocated the game of chess at an event that witnessed nearly 4,000 girls and women playing the traditional game under the same roof.
Modi was speaking at the Swami Vivekananda Women’s Chess Festival 2012 at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on Monday evening in the presence of five-time chess world champion Vishwanathan Anand and former deputy PM, LK Advani.
“Chess is a game that can help in achieving victory over oneself. The young generation easily gets frustrated and irritated, and there is also a tendency of suicide. But, those who play chess are able to control their emotions, especially during crisis,” he said.
Modi said that steps should be taken to make chess a family game for everyone. He further said that though elections were just a couple of months away, he was focusing on the development of the youth, who were the future of Gujarat.
The highlight of the chess event was that 3,957 women – 148 of them visually-challenged – played chess at the fest. Moreover, international women’s master Dhyani Dave, played chess simultaneously with 150 women players, a feat that was recognised with a place in the Limca Book of Records.
Speaking at the event, LK Advani said that he was fortunate to be present on the occasion. He congratulated the chess players for their achievements. He also said that budding players should draw inspiration from Olympic medal winners, Saina Nehwal and MC Mary Kom.
Five-time chess world champion, Vishwanathan Anand said it was wonderful to see 4,000 people playing the game simultaneously. Anand was also honoured by the state government.