Checkmate! Tech Mahindra plans a World Chess League
Tech Mahindra Ltd announced on Monday the launch of a “phygital” World Chess League (physical and digital).
Viswanathan Anand, a five-time world chess champion and Indian chess grandmaster, will mentor, partner, advise and help shape the league, the company said. Anand will help catalyze the growth of chess, also strengthening the sport as he partners with the Tech Mahindra Global Chess League and becomes its face to the global public and its fans.
New era technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence and virtual reality will be harnessed as part of the League to explore innovative ways to promote the game through interactive platforms and to engage a global audience.
Tech Mahindra will provide the operational and technological support necessary to execute the vision and this concept.
“Chess still has nascent and largely untapped potential around the world. Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest after the Online Chess Olympiad and the huge popularity of a game-based TV series, ”said Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group.
“We hope that the creation of a league will exploit this renewed interest and spark a renaissance in the world of chess. I am particularly excited to share with the team what I have learned from the founding of the Pro Kabaddi League in order to replicate this success on a much larger and global platform, ”he said. declared.
“Chess is a game that is played by millions of people around the world. Right now, there is a unique opportunity to further popularize it and dramatically improve its visibility through a technology-powered world league, ”said five-time world champion Anand.
“There is a renewed interest in the game of chess and with this unique world league format we will be able to keep the spirit of chess intact and ensure that the right platform is provided for the future. talents, ”Anand added.
Under the current plan, the League will hire players of all skill levels – professional or not. It will have eight teams owned by franchises from around the world, which will include a mix of titled, female and male players and juniors, as well as generic players playing against each other in a Round Robin format.
The teams that qualify for the semi-finals will enter the knockout phase of the championship. The company is actively exploring the possibility of introducing innovative methods of scoring, board selection and a fantasy league to maximize viewer engagement. The League’s final structure and squad details will be announced in due course, he said.