Dubai : The World Chess League has announced the complete list of players for its upcoming inaugural edition. The first season of the World Chess League, in collaboration with the Dubai Sports Council, will be held at the Dubai Chess and Culture Club from June 21 to July 2, 2023. It will feature the current World Chess Champion, Ding Liren, top-ranked chess players from around the world, five-time World Champion Magnus Carlsen, five-time World Champion Vishy Anand, and four-time Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan, among others.
Grandmaster Ding Liren stated that the World Chess League presented an exciting opportunity that he had been eagerly waiting for since he first heard about it. He believes it will transform the face of the chess world in the years to come.
Magnus Carlsen, the world’s highest-rated chess player, who has been a part of the league, expressed his enthusiasm about the World Chess League. He revealed that it would feature a unique over-the-board chess event that has never been seen before. He said, “I am very excited to be a part of this distinctive team format. All teams will compete in a common team format in the Global Chess League. Each team will consist of six players, with two female players being mandatory.”
The Global Chess League will also include top women superstars, including Grandmaster Hou Yifan, a four-time Women’s World Chess Champion, and the second-youngest female player to qualify for the Grandmaster title at the age of 14.
Jagdish Mitra, Chairman of the Global Chess League Board, stated that it is an honor for them to have some of the biggest names in chess from around the world joining the inaugural edition. He said, “Not only are they great players, but they have also been ambassadors of the game in their respective countries.”
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