Magnus Carlsen, the reigning world number one chess player, has showered accolades on chess players from India, expressing his belief that it’s only a matter of time before India emerges as the foremost chess nation globally. India recently got its 82nd Grandmaster- V Prraneeth. However, no Indian player, apart from Viswanathan Anand, who clinched the coveted title five times, has yet to challenge for the World Championship.
“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,”
As the Global Chess League approaches, set to take place at the Dubai Chess & Culture Club starting from June 21, Magnus Carlsen, the renowned Norwegian chess prodigy, is poised to be one of the prominent figures. Expressing his enthusiasm for team events, Carlsen eagerly anticipates the mixed team format and looks forward to showcasing his skills in this exciting competition.
Carlsen was quoted as saying in a press release by GCL,
“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,”
Scheduled from June 21 to July 2, the upcoming league will witness six franchises engaging in a distinctive format comprising 10 matches. These matches will follow a double round-robin structure, with the best-of-six board scoring system determining the winner simultaneously. The final showdown on July 2 will feature the top two teams, competing for the prestigious title of World Champion Franchise Team.