Chess Prodigy Gukesh Receives Grand Welcome in Chennai After Victorious Homecoming

Chess Prodigy Gukesh Receives Grand Welcome in Chennai After Victorious Homecoming

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Chennai Airport buzzed with excitement as 17-year-old chess grandmaster Gukesh Dommaraju returned home to a hero’s welcome. Fresh from his triumph at the 2024 FIDE Candidates Tournament, Gukesh was greeted by a throng of well-wishers, camera crews, and 80 eager schoolchildren, eager to celebrate his remarkable achievement.

Despite the late hour and long journey from Toronto, Canada, via Dubai, UAE, Gukesh was greeted with cheers and applause as he emerged from the airport. For the young chess prodigy, there was no time for rest as he basked in the adoration of his hometown crowd.

Reflecting on his victory, Gukesh expressed confidence in his abilities and determination to succeed in the upcoming world championship match against GM Ding Liren. With plans underway to host the match in India, Gukesh remains focused on his preparation and ultimate goal of clinching the title.

While the location of the championship match is yet to be confirmed, the All India Chess Federation is eager to host the prestigious event, with discussions underway with FIDE. With Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh among the potential venues, Gukesh remains unfazed, ready to face his opponent wherever the match may take place.

As the anticipation builds for the highly anticipated showdown, Gukesh remains resolute in his belief that he can emerge victorious, regardless of the venue. With the support of his hometown fans and a determination to succeed, Gukesh is poised to make history on the global stage of chess.

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