The Global Chess League, a joint venture between Tech Mahindra and FIDE, is a unique competition, and aims to bring the best among the men, women and U21 players to the forefront. The tournament is scheduled to be played in the Gold City of the world at Dubai in association with the Dubai Sports Council from June 21st, 2023 – July 2nd, 2023.
The Global Chess League introduces a couple of new facets into the sport’s system, bringing in franchises and a new mixed-team format, both of which have piqued the interest levels of those involved.
Indian ace Raunak Sadhwani, who earned himself the Grandmaster’s title in 2020 when he was 13 years old, is quite excited about the Global Chess League. “I think it’s definitely an amazing initiative which gives players opportunities to showcase their games. And I personally enjoy playing team events more. Firstly, it’s fun to be with the team throughout the event where we can discuss about many things like pre-game preparation, post-game analysis. In team events, every person plays a part in the overall success of the team. This is a great way to see how you can make a difference,” the 17-year-old said.
“We make new friends and get to know many interesting things about them. I think it will be interesting to have both men and women in the same team. It also adds different dynamics in the team.”
Sadhwani, who is the 10th youngest player in history (as of date) and the 4th youngest Indian to become a Grandmaster, hails from Nagpur in Maharashtra and was the U-10 Commonwealth Champion in 2015. When asked about what caught his eye the most in terms of the Global Chess League, pat came the reply from Sadhwani, “Frankly speaking, I was very excited when I came to know about this league and was eagerly waiting for it. The format really attracted me because it is very interesting and a unique idea to get 36 very strong players in one league. I decided to be a part of this prestigious event as it gives me an opportunity to compete against strong opponents, gain experience and the same time have fun.”
While Sadhwani believes that the Global Chess League can have the same kind of effect on the sport as IPL did with cricket. “The GCL is first of its kind which will make the sport more popular on the global level and hopefully after such a great initiative there will be more such leagues around the globe in the coming years. I think more young players will get interested in the game after following this league. I hope in the same way more young players pick up Chess as a sport after GCL.” He added, “In cricket we have IPL and after it was introduced in 2008, we saw so many young players picking up the game and the face of the sport changed as well.”
Sadhwani, who had begun his journey in the sport of chess at the age of 7 years old, is quite impressed with the talent that the pipeline has been throwing up in India. “There are many young Indian talents who are performing really well and making up their mark on an international level. The Global Chess League is an excellent start and I hope in the coming years, India will also have its own chess league like many other Europeans countries.”
About Tech Mahindra Global Chess League:
The Global Chess League is the world's first and largest official franchise league of its kind, with chess players from all over the world competing in a unique joint team format. It is a joint venture between Tech Mahindra, a part of the Mahindra Group, and FIDE. GCL will feature male and female chess champions competing in the same team. Playing on the popular Rapid format, the league's joint male-female teams will have the rare distinction of being a unique multiplayer team in the world of professional sports. In addition, the League will be the first ever Live televised chess event of its kind that will help offer fans a unique viewing experience. Tech Mahindra and FIDE will explore innovative ways to promote the game through interactive technology-enabled platforms by leveraging next-generation technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality, among others.
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