A brown knight wearing a white shirt and a white veshti is the mascot of the ongoing Chess Olympiad in Chennai. Gigantic statues of Thambi got the attention of people including the players from abroad who have come to participate in the Olympiad.
Statues of Thambi are placed at important locations in the city. Aadland Thiagarajan, a sculptor and art director and his son Tinu Balaji have created these pieces. They had only 15 days to create the structures but around 60 artists worked round the clock to complete the work. 24 statues of Thambi were made and placed at important areas like Marina Beach, Airport, Ripon Building etc. Many people, especially kids were found clicking selfies with the statues.