The Chess Players Forum has appealed to the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to reward the Indian team which emerged joint champions (with Russia) at the recently concluded FIDE online Chess Olympiad on its historic achievement. The forum president IM Varugeese Koshy, in a letter appealed to Rijiju that chess players be recognised by the government. The Indian men’s team had previously won a bronze medal in the Olympiad in 2014, he said, adding the current achievement ranks even higher than that. He also highlighted the several achievements by chess players in the past two decades, including good results in the world championships in various categories. The Olympiad team comprised former world champion Viswanathan Anand and Koneru Humpy among others and was led by Vidit Gujrathi.