The inaugural edition of The Global Chess League (GCL), a joint venture between Tech Mahindra and FIDE is set to be held from June 21 – July 2, 2023, at the Dubai Chess & Culture Club in association with the Dubai Sports Council.
The tournament will see some of the best chess proponents in the world competing against each other in a league-styled format – and Chess Grandmaster, Teimour Radjabov, who has been named as one of the participants, is excited to become a part of the tournament.
Teimour will be representing Balan Alaskan Knights alongside the likes of Ian Nepomniachtchi, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Tan Zhongyi, Nino Batsiashvili & Raunak Sadhwani at GCL.
“The idea itself is great. In my opinion, this is the professional way of doing a Chess league. Hopefully everything will work out perfectly,” Teimour said when asked about his reasons for becoming a part of the Global Chess League.
To Teimour, who garnered quite a fan following in India during the COVID-19 years, this is a chance to connect further with his Indian fans.
“My Indian fan base has grown through the COVID years. So, I was more or less convinced from the start and needed to know a few details. The GCL seemed like a great event for chess organised by nice people that I have known before. I was just happy to accept it. And especially, with a chance to connect a lot more with my Indian fan base and friends, in my eyes, everything came together,” he said.
The league will see each of the six franchises play a total of 10 matches in a double round-robin format, with the winner of each match being decided in a best-of-six board scoring system played simultaneously. The top two teams will qualify for the final on July 2, 2023, and be crowned the World Champion Franchise Team.
Teimour, who earned the title of the Grandmaster at the age of 14 in 2001, becoming the second-youngest player to attain the title at the time, further said that there is a lot of excitement amid the chess fraternity regarding the upcoming Global Chess League.
“A lot of chess players are eagerly waiting for the league. During some of my livestreams, chess players and fans were asking me about the details and I told them the details will come very soon. We have now announced the teams and players and most of the top players are involved in this league, which is very interesting and exciting stuff,” Teimour said.
Teimour also went on to explain why Chess is a good sport for youngsters to pick up and explained why parents around the world should introduce their kids to the sport.
“In my opinion, Chess is the greatest board game. It is a great hobby as well. I see a lot of big businessmen playing Chess in their spare time now. The game teaches you a lot - especially decision-taking and how to manage stress.” he signed off.
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