World Chess League (GCL) names six franchises for inaugural version


The World Chess League (GCL) made an thrilling announcement on Monday, June 5, revealing the six franchises that shall be collaborating within the extremely anticipated inaugural version of the event.

Set to happen in Dubai from June 21 to July 2, the GCL is a three way partnership between Tech Mahindra and the worldwide chess federation (FIDE), aiming to revolutionize the world of chess.

On this groundbreaking event, groups will compete in a speedy format, participating males, girls, and U21 gamers as a cohesive unit. Every franchise will play a minimal of 10 matches in a double round-robin model, intensifying the extent of competitors. The league will kick off with a gamers’ draft, the place franchise house owners could have the chance to handpick the gamers for his or her respective groups.

The disclosing of the six franchise house owners and their groups has generated immense pleasure.

Six franchises of the World Chess League

U SPORTS shall be represented by the upGrad Mumba Masters, Insurekot Sports activities by the Ganges Grandmasters, Punit Balan Group by the Balan Alaskan Knights, Triveni Engineering & Industries Ltd by the Triveni Continental Kings, Chingari App by the Chingari Gulf Titans, and APL Apollo-led SG Sports activities by the SG Alpine Warriors.

These franchises will witness the approaching collectively of a number of the biggest chess gamers on this planet, together with famend names like Viswanathan Anand, Ding Liren, Magnus Carlsen, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Hou Yifan, and Kateryna Lagno.

FIDE President and GCL Chairperson pave the best way for an revolutionary event expertise

Expressing his anticipation for the event, FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich stated:

“We’re heading in direction of its actualization, we now have discovered the fitting companions who imagine within the imaginative and prescient. (We) sit up for making the league an enormous success.”

The GCL is about to redefine the chess panorama by combining conventional chess with the developments of the brand new period. Jagdish Mitra, chairperson of the GCL Board, highlighted the revolutionary facets of the event, stating:

“The event will mix conventional chess with the brand new period and aiming to boost the fan expertise by way of digitization, innovation, and know-how. With a concentrate on enhancing the general spectator expertise, the GCL is about to captivate chess lovers worldwide.”

The event will introduce an enthralling mixed-team format, with every franchise competing in 10 matches performed in a double round-robin. The matches shall be decided by way of a best-of-six board scoring system, including an additional layer of depth.

The highest two groups rising victorious from these encounters will advance to the ultimate, scheduled to happen on July 2, the place the World Champion Franchise Crew shall be topped.


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