Earlier in April, the World Chess Federation (FIDE) announced Online Nations Cup; Another awesome novelty.
the event is to take a similar form as the 1970 “USSR vs. Rest of the World” chess match-up that made headlines in Bobby Fischer’s heyday.
Except that the new “match of the century” will be more global, entirely online, and also gender-inclusive, since the team line-ups must include at least one female player. It is also important to note that, the participation list includes three generations of the best players including the likes of GM Garry Kasparov, GM Viswanathan Anand even down to the newest chess phenomenon, the 16-year-old Iranian Alireza Firouzja amongst others.
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The FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup is the first in a series of competitive online events to be organized by FIDE in cooperation with various partners.
“This is a unique event that will combine competitive chess at the highest level, with a top-notch online spectacle”, says Arkady Dvorkovich, President of the International Chess Federation. “The reasons why an official tournament like this has to be conducted online are very unfortunate – but we are happy to see that chess is providing solace to millions of people who are under a home lockdown: they can play themselves, and they can also enjoy the thrill of a first-class sporting event”.
In order to guarantee fair play in an entirely online event, during their games, players will be observed by FIDE-affiliated international arbiters via a video conference call. To ensure that the participants don’t receive any kind of external help from a computer, their webcam, computer screen and the room in which they are playing will be under supervision.
The tournament will be broadcast live across multiple outlets including FIDE’s and Chess.com’s own channels across Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, Twitter, and other international streaming platforms. With an estimated audience of several million worldwide, commentary by chess experts will be conducted in multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, and Polish.