Tech Mahindra Global Chess League teams and squads unveiled
Tech Mahindra Global Chess League starts in seven days from today. It will be a six-team double round-robin event. Six members will play in each team comprising an icon, two male, two female and one prodigy in each round. Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Ding Liren, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Ian Nepomniachtchi are the 'Icons' who will take part in this event. There will be 26 'Superstars' and six 'Prodigies' who will also be part of the inaugural edition. The six franchise teams are - Balan Alaskan Knights, Chingari Gulf Titans, Ganges Grandmasters, SG Alpine Warriors, Triveni Continental Kings and Upgrad Mumba Masters. Draw of Lots is on 21st June and first match will take place on Thursday 22nd June 2023. Which team do you think will win? All photos in this article are from Global Chess League official site and fb page
Tech Mahindra Global Chess League starts in seven days
The 12-day Tech Mahindra Global Chess League starts on 21st June 2023, and will conclude on 2nd July 2023.
The six teams who will duke it out in the inaugural edition of Tech Mahindra Global Chess League are - Balan Alaskan Knights, Chingari Gulf Titans, Ganges Grandmasters, SG Alpine Warriors, Triveni Continental Kings and Upgrad Mumba Masters.
There will be six icons in six different teams. They are - Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Ding Liren, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Ian Nepomniachtchi.
There are 26 'Superstars' who will be playing in six franchise teams.
Six players, one for each team are the 'Prodigies'. They are - R Praggnanandhaa, Andrey Esipenko, Nihal Sarin, Javokhir Sindarov, Raunak Sadhwani and Jonas Buhl Bjerre.
The six 'Prodigies'
Check out the squads of all six teams
It will be a double round-robin tournament between six teams. An icon will play on board no.1, two male players on board no.2 and 3, two female players on board no.4 and 5, and one player born in 2002 or later will play on board no.6. Unlike a regular team event, all players of a particular team will play with the same color which the team gets. Teams will also play in a fixed board order which cannot be changed after the draw of lots. The time control will be 15 minutes + 10 seconds from move no.1.
About the League
Global Chess League (GCL) is the world’s first and largest official franchise chess league bringing fans together to witness the game in a never-seen-before avatar. GCL is the only league in pro sports with a joint team format, featuring both men and women players in the same team, competing for the ultimate prize. The league aims to take the game to millions of fans with new and innovative formats, bringing in a new perspective to the game of chess.
FIDE and Tech Mahindra have joined hands to promote the game of chess through interactive technology-enabled platforms by leveraging next-gen technologies.