Rise of the Global Chess League

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) and Tech Mahindra Ltd. have forged an extraordinary alliance. Their shared vision has given us the ‘Global Chess League,’ an unparalleled fusion of physical and digital realms that would redefine the sport.

The only world league officially recognised by the governing body of the sport of chess

Under a momentous Memorandum of Understanding, the Global Chess League emerged as the official and exclusive world league, recognised by FIDE itself. The Global Chess League will be provided with an accredited and exclusive status as the only world league officially recognised by the governing body of the sport of chess. This ground-breaking collaboration aims to engage chess players from all walks of life, embracing both professional grandmasters and enthusiastic amateurs alike.

Transcending boundaries

The League's ingenious format brought together franchise-owned teams from every corner of the globe. These teams were an eclectic mix of titled players, rising juniors, and wildcard entrants, ready to engage in a thrilling battle of wits on the chessboard. From bustling metropolises to serene countryside, the league would transcend geographical boundaries, uniting chess enthusiasts worldwide.

FIDE and Tech Mahindra, armed with their combined forces and expertise, dedicated themselves to upholding the essence of the game and ensuring the highest standards of sportsmanship and organisation. FIDE, with its rich history, guided the technical regulations, while also utilising its extensive media channels to promote and broadcast the league to a global audience.

A partnership beyond the tournament

The collaboration between Tech Mahindra and FIDE extended beyond the tournament itself. Together, they sought to revolutionise the game, exploring new and innovative formats while embracing cutting-edge technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality. These advancements would pave the way for interactive, technology-enabled platforms, providing players and fans with an immersive and captivating experience.

Vishwanathan Anand joins the league

To oversee the league's operations, a new holding company would be established, with the FIDE president sitting on the board of Directors. The chess world rejoiced as it welcomed Viswanathan Anand, the five-time world chess champion, as a mentor and partner in shaping the league's destiny. Anand's expertise and guidance promised to elevate the league to unprecedented heights.

A ‘human centric experience’

The impact of this collaboration extended beyond the league itself. FIDE's grassroots initiatives received a significant boost, championing chess as an attractive career choice and a game of global significance. Tech Mahindra, through its NXT.NOW framework, aimed to enhance the "Human Centric Experience," harnessing technology to meet the ever-evolving needs of chess enthusiasts worldwide.

A visionary architect

In February 2021, Tech Mahindra unveiled the concept of the Global Chess League, igniting a flame that would burn brightly across the chess community. As the league took its inaugural steps, players at all levels eagerly awaited the thrill of competing in this ground-breaking tournament. The championship's path would lead the qualifying teams into the semi-finals, ultimately culminating in a knockout stage that would determine the true champions of this unprecedented event.

Tech Mahindra stood as the visionary architect, providing the necessary operational and technological support to bring this grand vision to life. With every move on the board, the Global Chess League would captivate hearts, inspire minds, and leave an indelible mark on the world of chess—a testament to the power of collaboration and innovation.

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