Consider the following statements in respect of the 44th Chess Olympiad, 2022 :
1. It was the first time that Chess Olympiad was held in India.
2. The official mascot was named Thambi’.
3. The trophy for the winning team in the open section is the Vera Menchik Cup.
4. The trophy for the winning team in the women’s section is the Hamilton-Russell Cup.
How many of the statements giver above are correct?
(a) Only one
(b) Only two
(c) Only three
(d) All four
The correct answer is (b).
Only two of the statements are correct. The 44th Chess Olympiad was indeed the first time that the event was held in India. The official mascot was named ‘Thambi’, which is a Tamil word meaning ‘younger brother’. However, the trophy for the winning team in the open section is the Hamilton-Russell Cup, and the trophy for the winning team in the women’s section is the Vera Menchik Cup.
The Hamilton-Russell Cup was donated by Frederick Hamilton-Russell, a British chess player and organizer, in 1927. The Vera Menchik Cup was donated by Vera Menchik, a Czech-British chess player, in 1937.