Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand
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Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand all set to return to India

Ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has taken the entire world by storm. Be it the alarming number of cases in the USA or the economic hit in several countries, this pandemic has affected everyone. Although little was known about this virus as early as December, the major restrictions were put on international travel world-wide in mid-March. Several countries, including India, closed its borders for all international flights to reduce the chances of transmission. Due to this, India’s chess champion Viswanathan Anand got stucked in Germany for the period of over 3 months.

International Flights started for stranded Indians

While there are many Indians stuck in many parts of the country, special flights under the “Vande Matram” mission were started to bring back the stranded Indians. One such known personality stuck out of the homeland is the World Chess champion, Viswanathan Anand. He left for Germany in the last week of February to be part of the Bundesliga chess season. However, the matches of this season were canceled in the light of the Covid-19 outbreak. Anand opted for self-isolation voluntarily by taking all the precautions. As India had already announced a ban on international travel, he decided to stay in Germany.

Chess Champion Anand has also helped in raising relief fundsĀ 

Anand said that he understands the steps taken for controlling the outbreak and thus opted for isolation as well as delaying his return to the country. Vishwanathan also helped in raising funds for Covid-19 relief by teaming up with fellow Indian players: Vidit Gujrathi, Baskaran Adhiban, Harika Dronavalli and Humpy Koneru. He helped in raising funds for PM CARES by offering the simul games.

Expected arrival and other protocol

Anand, five times world chess champion, is all set to arrive in Bengaluru on Saturday from Frankfurt via Air India flight. He is also going to travel by following all the guidelines and follow a 14-day quarantine as a safety protocol. Anand has decided to return to Chennai once the quarantine period is over. 

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