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Chenai: The 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad ended here on Tuesday amid extravagant cultural events as India’s ‘B’ team settled for a bronze medal in the Open section.

Presiding over the closing ceremony, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said the state government had implemented several projects under the “Dravidian model”, to make the state a pioneer in the sport.

He said players and officials will take home not only memories but also the tradition, culture and taste of Tamil cuisine. To make Tamil Nadu a pioneer in sports, the state government under its “Dravidian model” has devised and implemented several schemes, he added.

Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu, Indian Chess Federation President Sanjay Kapoor and mentor team India Viswanathan Anand were among those present.

Tamil Nadu Sports Development Minister Siva V Meyyanathan hailed Chief Minister MK Stalin for his “vision, mission and passion” which led to the tremendous success of the Olympiad. “We made history,” the minister said and thanked the Center for its unwavering support and cooperation in making the event a great success, which would be a glorious chapter in the history of the state.

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich said they were very well received in Chennai and expressed his joy and gratitude for the hospitality. He hailed India as the homeland of chess. Conveying the deep gratitude of the Chess Corps to India – the Union and the State Governments – to Stalin and to all the people including the drivers of vehicles, he said: “We came here to Chennai in As a united family, today we are even more united and even stronger”. .

TN CM Stalin then presented the FIDE flag to Hungary, host of the 45th FIDE Chess Olympiad.

The closing ceremony of the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad turned out to be a social evening as events showcasing Tamil Nadu’s rich cultural heritage like Jallikattu were showcased and impressive musical programs were staged.

A spectacular dance-drama show, “Tamizh Mann” captured the sacrifices of Tamil Nadu freedom fighters. Famous actor Kamal Haasan provided the voiceover for the event, which was part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of independence.

Players, Manuel Aaron, India’s first international chess master from Tamil Nadu and officials were among those honoured.

The Indian “B” team settled for a bronze medal in the Open section while the Indian women’s “A” team also finished third in the Chess Olympiad. India ‘B’ beat Germany 3-1 in their last round match to finish third in the Open event.