'It is our honour that it is being held in Tamil Nadu': PM Modi ahead of inaugurating Chess Olympiad!

In the midst of facing a backlash from Tamil Nadu with the digital wave against his visit to Chennai to inaugurate the Chess Olympiad global event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed that he is all geared up to participate in the inauguration event of the world's iconic chess tourney that will be held from July 28 to August 10 at the monumental Mahabalipuram. 

While Prime Minister has got an official invite from the Tamil Nadu government to inaugurate the event in Chennai, there has been a sea of people who stormed social media to voice against his visit, which sparked a fury between the BJP and the Dravidian outfits. The BJP has claimed that the Prime Minister is the representative of the country and that he was invited by the state government and countering the claim, several social media users have trended the hashtag #GoBackModi and said that the tournament has been fully organized by the state government. 

On Wednesday, a day ahead of the commencement of the tournament, the BJP functionaries pasted the photos of Prime Minister Modi on the billboards hoarded by the Tamil Nadu government which carried the pictures of Chief Minister MK Stalin. However, the members of Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam have blackened Modi's photos to display their opposition to his visit. In the midst of such developments, the state government has made arrangements for the inaugural events and to welcome Prime Minister Modi. 

A day ahead of the visit, Modi said that he is looking forward to visiting Chennai and cited that it's an honour for the country that the Chess Olympiad is being held in Tamil Nadu, which has a glorious association with chess. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister took to Twitter and wrote, "I am looking forward to being in Chennai for the inauguration of the 44th Chess Olympiad at 6 PM tomorrow evening. This is a special tournament and it is our honour that it is being held in India, that too in Tamil Nadu, which has a glorious association with chess." 

On Wednesday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin took to Twitter and wrote, "Just 1 day to go for #ChessChennai2022. Chennai is all set to host one of the biggest sporting events in its nearly four centuries of existence." "It's time to say #WelcomeToChennai and show the world our hospitality. Let's make history!", he added. It is pertinent to note that Chennai has become the first Indian city to host Chess Olympiad and for the next two weeks, monumental Mahabalipuram will be the world for chessers from across the globe. 

Chess Olympiad for chessers is like Olympics for athletes and participating in this indoor festival would be crucial for every chess player from across and beyond the borders. In this 44th Chess Olympiad, Chennai would be hosting over 2000 players and 340 teams from 188 countries. On Wednesday, Chief Minister MK Stalin reviewed and took stock of the arrangements at the arena in Mahabalipuram and notably, he played chess and the visuals of him playing chess have caught in the wave of virality.