First online chess league for Indian masters starting today

NAGPUR: Indian chess The fraternity will connect to computer screens starting at 4 p.m. Friday, as the First Indian League (ICL) will bring together India's top 50 players from their homes, from Delhi to Kerala.

They will move their pawns and pieces on their computer chess boards in a competition that is the same game they would play under normal conditions.

From India No 6 SP Sethuraman to the country's best junior girl, Divya Deshmukh, almost all of the top-ranked players had team meetings to prepare the best composition for the first of its kind, 10 teams, nine rounds chess league .

With in-person tournaments closed due to Covid-19, the best in India Chess Players found a way to beat the blocking blues.

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While the RB Ramesh of Chennai, coach of the best junior Grand Master in India, prepared Team Chess Gurukul, guide of the youngest GM in Maharashtra, Dhopade invented Chess Pathshala, a creative mix of experience and young masters.

While the seniors were busy with team composition, a group of juniors surprised everyone with the announcement of Team Superkids, a team filled with young blood and four players under the age of 15.

Based on the average player rating, Gurukul seems to be the team to beat.

Members of the Five Fighters launched by Vishnu Prasanna await a fun event.

We are happy to be part of the first ICL. We are all close to each other, our spirit is high and we are eager for this league, Prasanna said.

The non-playing captain of Team Desi Boys Vishal Sareen said, “The ICL is something that the Indian chess fraternity is craving for, from many years. The fact that so many GMs have signed up is an indication that it has a huge potential to grow online. We have a nice mix of players who can all win on demand.”