New Delhi, May 31 () Former five time world champion and current world Rapid Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, who has joined Global Chess League as one of the icon players, has said that the league is an exciting prospect for him to do something new.
Carlsen, who is widely regarded as the greatest chess player of the current generation, will be in action during the inaugural edition of the league, which is a joint venture between Tech Mahindra and FIDE.
The Global Chess League will be held from June 21- July 2, 2023, at the Dubai Chess & Culture Club in association with the Dubai Sports Council.
“It is an exciting prospect for me to be a part of. This will be something new. Something that has not been done this way in over-the-board chess. I am looking forward to exploring this format for the future,” Carlsen was quoted as saying in a media release.
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.
Carlsen known for his experimental views on chess believes that team format matches are something that he really prefers. The Grandmaster expressed his views about the mixed team format.
“Personally I very much enjoy team events and the team spirit within the group. So, it is something I always look forward to. I am looking forward to meeting the other players in the team, and I look forward to competing with and against the exciting young generation of Indian players. One of the really good things about this tournament is that men and women can compete against each other at the same stage,” he said.
Carlsen also rated the Indian talent that is coming through very highly.
“I think India is doing a lot of right things so far, and it is a matter of time before it is clearly the leading chess nation in the world,” he said.
The 32-year-old Grandmaster reminisced about his best memories from his chess journey and said that he is thankful for his family’s support.
“My family has always been very supportive without ever pushing me, and for that, I’m very grateful. The year we travelled together when I was 13, earning my Grandmaster norms, will always be a fond memory,” Carlsen said.