Tech Mahindra announces a Global Chess League with Vishwanathan Anand as mentor

Tech Mahindra announced on Monday the launch of a phygital (physical and digital) Global Chess League with Vishwanathan Anand as the mentor.

Viswanathan Anand is an Indian chess grandmaster and former world chess champion. He became the first grandmaster from India in 1988 and is one of the few players to have surpassed an Elo rating of 2800, a feat he first achieved in 2006. Anand is a five-time world chess champion.

“The League’s launch will mark a watershed moment as it aims to raise the profile of the sport, discover new generations of chess champions, enhance the fanbase and take the sport to new commercial heights,” the company said.

The release said that the league will have eight franchise-owned teams from across the world. The teams will comprise a mix of titled women and men players along with juniors and wildcard entrants playing each other in a round-robin format. The teams qualifying for the semifinals will enter the knockout stage of the championship.

Anand said: “Chess is a game that is played by millions around the world. At this time, a unique opportunity exists to popularise it further and dramatically enhance its visibility through a global league powered by technology. I am personally happy to partner with a technology provider like Tech Mahindra, whose endorsement and promotion will certainly elevate the sport to a higher level and offer the right platform to popularize chess across the globe.”, reports The Hindu.