Bollywood actor Aamir Khan is all set to play a chess game against chess grandmaster and former world champion Viswanathan Anand for a charitable cause. A versatile actor and ardent chess lover, Aamir will be virtually playing an exhibition match against Viswanathan Anand as part of a celebrity edition of Chess.com that has organized an event called ‘Checkmate COVID’ to help vulnerable communities affected in the second wave of the pandemic. This edition of Chess.com shall feature Bollywood celebrities and corporate leaders from across the nation.
Held in association with the Akshaya Patra Foundation, the proceeds will be used to serve individuals and families who are at risk of hunger through this devastating second wave of the pandemic. According to a press release, the match between Khan and Anand will be virtually held on June 13, 2021, at 5 pm. This will be live-streamed on the YouTube Channel, Chesscom India, according to a press release.
Earlier, the All India Chess Federation (AICF) had organized the Checkmate COVID programme to provide financial, medical, and emotional support to chess players who have been affected by the second wave of the pandemic. As a part of the initiative, Vishwanathan Anand and four other Indian Grandmasters played simultaneous online exhibition matches against other chess players to raise funds for COVID-19 relief work in the country.
Aamir and Anand have been opponents across the chessboard for events earlier too. In 2019, the five-time world chess champion had said that Aamir was the best suited amongst all actors to play him in a biopic if it happens in the future. Aamir plays and understands chess. He is a great method actor. I can only hope he is interested, Anand had said at a function that was organized to launch his autobiography, Mind Master.