Today, our nation stands united in pride as we applaud Praggnanandhaa and his exceptional achievement. His name resonates in conversations as strongly as the buzz around Chandrayaan 3, truly showcasing his remarkable journey at such a young age.

We are immensely proud to highlight that Praggnanandhaa has graced the annual GM Chess Tournaments at KIIT on numerous occasions. KIIT’s consistent commitment to nurturing chess stars like him fills us with joy. Our efforts to promote chess in India have borne fruit in the form of champions like Praggnanandhaa, among others.

KIIT has always stood as a pillar of support for sports and sportspersons, particularly in chess. This commitment extends to our association with GMs, IMs and WGMs Ms. Kiran Manisha Mohanty, Mr. Swayms Mishra, Ms. Aparajita Gochhikar, Ms. Akankhya Kabi, Ms. Saina Salonika, Mohammad Ashraf, Mr Utkal Ranjan Sahu and Ms. Smaraki Mohanty, all of whom we’ve provided training, education, and sponsorship.

Our dedication to chess is further evident through the organisation of Annual GM Tournaments, FIDE Ranking Tournaments, coaching camps, and financial support of Rs. 25 Lakhs to Odisha’s first Grandmaster, Mr. Debashish Das.

KIIT’s contributions also extend globally, as we’ve successfully hosted numerous National and International Chess Competitions and Festivals.

It’s important to highlight that KISS proudly stands as India’s pioneering school to integrate chess into its academic curriculum, in collaboration with International Chess Federation (FIDE), All India Chess Federation (AICF), and All Odisha Chess Association (AOCA). The acknowledgment and support from AICF and AOCA underscore KIIT’s significant investment of crores of rupees in chess over the last 12 years. KIIT has been granted Institutional Membership by All India Chess Federation (AICF), making it the singular educational institution in India to receive this unparalleled recognition.

Let’s continue to celebrate Praggnanandhaa’s triumphs and the collective effort that KIIT and KISS have put into shaping a brighter future for chess in India.