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FIDE launches big-ticket online event; Kasparov, Anand to play


CHENNAI: Chess is the one game witnessing uninterrupted action despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Even as chess fanatics are hooked on-line to observe the inaugural Magnus Carlsen invitational with the most productive gamers that includes in it, Fide — the game’s governing frame — has introduced its first-ever major on-line event.

Fide and chess.com will come in combination to host the Online Nations Cup, a staff competition to be held from May five to 10. The event will see six teams – China, Europe, India, Russia, USA and a facet representing the ‘Rest of the International’ — vying for peak honours.

It is learnt that former international champions Vladimir Kramnik and Garry Kasparov will captain the Indian and European teams respectively. The initial listing has the likes of Viswanathan Anand, Alireza Firouzja in it. The composition of the teams can be out on April 22. The event rules have made it mandatory for every staff to include at least one feminine player all over the fit.

“The entire peak women gamers on the earth have expressed their readiness to be part of the event,” Emil Sutovsky, Fide’s director basic advised NewsTread on Tuesday. The prize cash for the whole event is $180,000.

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In the first level of the competition, the six teams can be enticing in double round-robin clashes from May five to nine. Teams finishing in the top-two will then play the final on May 10. “All games can be played in a speedy structure. Each player begins the game with 25 minutes on their clock, plus 10 seconds of extra time added after each and every move,” Sutovsky mentioned.


In their bid to make sure fair play, gamers can be seen by Fide-affiliated international arbiters by means of a video conference call. Fie is ensuring that the individuals don't obtain any roughly exterior assist. Their computer, webcam, display screen and the room in which they will be enjoying can be under supervision.


The entire event can be shown are living across a couple of retailers including Fide’s and chess.com's own channels across Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, Twitter and different international streaming platforms.


“We can have a remark by chess professionals that can be performed in a couple of languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish and Polish,” Sutovsky mentioned.


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