The 44th Chess Olympiad Has It All: Chess, Dosa, and Vada

Chessable CEO Geert van der Velde tweets picture of him eating Indian food from a banana leaf . Chessable CEO says eating Indian food from a banana leaf was a delightful experience .

In the 44th chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, the brains clash are on, and many from around the world, including the players, are showcasing their prowess on the board and enjoying the local cuisine, according to Geert van der Velde, the CEO of Chessable, a game-changing e-learning platforming for mastering the game.It was my first visit to India and was a great pleasure, as Since I discovered Indian cuisine, I have adored it.I'd say I'd never tried authentic Indian dishes cooked in India before, but it was also my first visit to India.I was unaware that this was India's most traditional way of eating food.I have had Ethiopian meals before, where it is the custom.

You will find a dish for every occasion.Glad to see you enjoying Chennai and exploring the area.Van der Velde was surprised to see the Prime Minister Modis respond to his tweet and said, Of course, I was pleasantly surprised by his photograph of me eating lunch with my colleagues at the Adyar Ananda Bhavan in Mahabalipuram.The richness of the flavors of the dishes here in Chennai, he said, is something special.

I do hope that with time, I will learn to appreciate it even more than I do now.Now that Ive only managed to sample a limited number of the delicious dishes that Indian cuisine has to offer, the Chessable CEO said, I have to admit, I must laugh a little bit at myself for posting this image now that it has gone viral.A bit strange, but a good surprise.He and his team had tried out the masala dosa, vada, and gobi manchurian, and all of them loved it, although it was a bit spicy than a lot of fried rice.

The Olympiad was a great opportunity to travel to India and visit so many people, including the athletes, Van der Velde said.It was also a great opportunity for us to communicate with them while we are here.It is a beautiful festival.According to him, the best chess tournament is the most enjoyable, he said.

For the sake of illustration, van der Velde said, I have a list of dishes that I want to try out, as he has become a fan of the local cuisine.In parallel, the players from abroad are still feeling at home with the hospitality and food on offer.The dosa seems to have become a hit among the foreigners here for the Olympiad.Several of the players have shared details of their meals on social media.Tallulah Roberts of Jersey said on Twitter that the dosa is delicious, and that a few others echoed his point of view.Meanwhile, chefs at the hotels where the athletes are housed said the food was excellent, with emphasis on European dishes being given and that the food was less spicy.Freshman Andrian GM Pouya Idani said the Olympiad was a success because of the athletes' hard work.

Prateek Mohan, a state-level chess champion who coached in school, told PTI that we also have volunteers at the media center and the expo area, who help players get to the venue well ahead of schedule (matches begin each day at 3 p.m.), he said.There were also requirements regarding chess knowledge and enthusiasm, as well as being vaccinated, he said.In the lead-up to the Games, it was decided that the participants should be in the 18-30 age group, although there were some exceptions, he said.Interestingly, there have been engineers, lawyers, CAs, and doctors, as well as chess arbiters and coaches.At the Olympiad, they were able to come together thanks to their chess skills.

I hope that the same will be true for the others.You get a feel of life as a volunteer for many years.He expressed gratitude for the opportunity, calling it a unique opportunity.