Will expensive tickets put fans off Chess Olympiad 2022?
The ticket price for the 44th Chess Olympiad has many chess enthusiasts of the game on their backs.
According to the All India Chess Federation (AICF) ticket booking site, the price for the general category audience has been set at ₹2,000 per day for Hall 2 and ₹3,000 for Hall 1 while the ticket price for foreigners is fixed at ₹6,000 and ₹8,000. Tickets for students under 19, women and Tamil Nadu government staff cost ₹200 and ₹300 respectively.
Ticket details in brief
The event will take place in two rooms. Hall 1 includes the best teams (28 boards in Open and 21 in the women’s section) while Hall 2 will host the remaining boards.
“I’m a professional chess player myself and I don’t think I can spend ₹2,000-3,000 a day to attend the tournament. Second, chess is not a game where you can learn something by observing the game in person. It is better to track their movements online,” said Radhika, a working professional.
The 2022 Chess Olympiad was originally scheduled to be held in Russia. However, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) has decided to change the venue due to the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, giving India the opportunity to host the biggest chess event in the world for the first time. world.
A view of the preparations for the 44th Chess Olympiad to be held in Mamallapuram from July 28 to August 10 at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton Mamallapuram on Monday
Tamil Nadu has won the hosting rights for the prestigious event, which will be held from July 28 to August 10 in Mamallapuram, a coastal city and UNESCO heritage site, located 40 km south of Chennai.
“The event venue is also far from the city and it is not possible for everyone to travel to Mamallapuram,” Radhika said.
However, not everyone is on the same board. Prasath Shankar, founder of the Rapid Chess Academy, said, “People who are really interested in the game and eager to learn will surely spend and attend the event.”
The rangolis were raffled off at the Collectorate Complex in Ramanathapuram on Monday as part of the promotional campaign for the 44th Chess Olympiad
“Also, ₹2,000 is not a big amount for such a global event where chess enthusiasts can meet world champions and grandmasters, interact with them and learn new techniques,” he said. added.
A Tamil Nadu State Chess Association official said that despite the high prices, tickets for the event were already sold out. He added that the state government is also planning to bring school children to experience the event for free.
As part of raising awareness and publicity for the Chess Olympiad 2022, the block level chess competition for public school students was held in Salem, Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
An AICF official, who did not wish to be quoted, said the award was kept higher mainly because the event was being held at a hotel geared towards chess enthusiasts. “It’s not a cricket match held in a stadium where we can sell 25,000 tickets. We can only have 600-1,000 guests per day, which is the upper limit,” the official noted.
The Chess Olympiad is expected to welcome 2,000 visitors and players from over 180 countries.
For its part, the AICF is also sponsoring 350 children across the country to attend the event by taking care of their air/train tickets, hotel stay, food, etc. “Many of these children will also be accompanied by their parents, we must take all these aspects into account,” he added.
July 21, 2022