The International Chess Federation (FIDE) and Tech Mahindra have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a real and digital chess league for beginners and pros alike, that is, the Global Chess Competition,
This League will feature franchise-owned teams from all around the world involving a mix of top professionals, juniors, and wildcard entries. The league is to be officially recognised by the chess sport’s governing organisation.
Tech Mahindra on the other hand, will use technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality to promote the game through engagement.
“The entire path has been quite gratifying,” said Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, “from tweeting about the game to organising a league under Viswanathan Anand’s mentorship, and now on-boarding FIDE.” “We hope that the ‘Global Chess League’ will propel the game to new heights and provide exciting prospects for the whole chess community worldwide.”
The Global Chess League will be run by a new holding company, with FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich serving on the board of directors.