On 22 of May 2017 I received a mail from Mr.Giorgi Beria, Director of Zugdidi Sports Chess School from Georgia to schedule a friendly online match between his chess school - Zugdid Sports Chess School (ZSCC) and Indian Chess School. The offer was simply thrilling in view of the fact players from our school had indeed participated in international events but had never got an experience of playing on-line with a team from another country and, that too, a nation with strong chess tradition. It was really a pleasure to accept this unique challenge and we are all set for the match tomorrow on 29 June 2017 at 16.30 IST (15.00 hours local Georgian time). Thanks, Giorgi! I feel this match will be cherished by all of us at ICS.

(L in White Shirt) Giorgi Beria, Director of Zugdidi Sports Chess School

 The match would be played on a 4-boards with a time-control of 25m+10s/player and it would be broadcast live on the official website: http://chesszugdidi.wix.com/ge + it would live on Facebook and Youtube.

The Board order is as under:

Board 1: Sartania Giorgi of ZCS (1664) v/s Ved Shubham of ICS (1558)  

Board 2: Soni Deepak R of ICS (1482) v/s Naqopia Giorgi (1616) 

Board 3: Shamatova Nikoloz of ZCS (1284) v/s Kunder Pratik of ICS (1067) 

Board 4: Dhanorkar Tejas of ICS (1039) v/s Shonia Nia of ZCS (1155) 

With an average rating of 1286 as against 1401 of ZCS, we are clear underdogs but this has inspired boys to put on a good show.

We hope to have a wonderful match tomorrow!

My best wishes to both the teams! May the best team win!!