The Global Chess League (GCL), the world’s premier chess competition, is all set to commence on June 21 and will run until July 2, 2023.
The GCL is an arrangement between the Indian IT services behemoth, Tech Mahindra and FIDE, the game’s international governing organisation. The tournament will be played amongst six teams which consist of Ganges Grandmasters, SG Alpine Warriors, Balan Alaskan Knights, Chingari Gulf Titans, upGrad Mumba Masters and Triveni Continental Kings.
The league will include a “one-of-a-kind” joint team structure with six players on each side, featuring at least two women. The annual league will include a cutting-edge mixed-team format in which each of the six franchises will compete in a total of 10 double round-robin matches, with the triumphant of each game being decided by a concurrent best-of-six board scoring system.
The competition will explore new ways to advertise the game using interactive technology-enabled platforms, embracing the latest innovations such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality, among others.
The GCL has been advocated by FIDE as the world’s first and largest official franchise chess league. The organizers are keen to make the competition a one-of-a-kind viewing experience and engage with the audience.
Where to Stream:
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the audio streaming of the competition on Amazon Prime Music.