Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen, a member of the SG Alpine Warriors, were chosen by their respective teams in the Players’ Draught for the inaugural Global Chess League (GCL) on Wednesday.
In collaboration with the Dubai Sports Council, the Global Chess League will take place at the Dubai Chess & Culture Club from June 21-July 2.
Six teams joined the player draught, which took place in Mumbai. They are Ganges Grandmasters, SP Alpine Warriors, Triveni Continental Kings, Chingari Gulf Titans, upGrad Mumba Masters, and Balan Alaskan Knights.
The players are in six categories: Icon, Superstar Men 1, Superstar Men 2, Superstar Women 1, Superstar Women 2, and Prodigy.
Icon Players have Anand and Triveni Continental Kings selected current world champion Ding Liren. The most remarkable selection is India’s R Praggnanandhaa, the Carlsen-beating chess prodigy.
The team SG Alpine Warriors choose Praggnanandhaa with the highest draught price in that section—290 points. Praggnanandhaa said,
“I am delighted to meet my teammates and see how we can make the most of this experience and apply it to future contests.”
The team matches will be determined using a best-of-six board scoring system that will be played concurrently. The six franchisees will compete in a double round-robin style, playing a total of ten matches. The league‘s top two teams will advance to the final, where the winners will be crowned World Champion Franchise Team.
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