Tech Mahindra Launches Global Chess League

February 24, 2021

Tech Mahindra Ltd. has signed Viswanathan Anand, five-time World chess champion, as the mentor for the phygital (physical and digital) Global Chess League.

The league will have eight franchise owned teams from across the world.

The teams will comprise a mix of titled women and men players along with juniors and wildcard entrants playing each other in a round robin format.

The teams qualifying for the semifinals will enter the knockout stage of the championship.

Viswanathan Anand said: “Chess is a game that is played by millions around the world.

“At this time, a unique opportunity exists to popularise it further and dramatically enhance its visibility through a global league powered by technology.

“I am personally happy to partner with a technology provider like Tech Mahindra, whose endorsement and promotion will certainly elevate the sport to a higher level and offer the right platform to popularize chess across the globe.”

CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra, said, “Chess has many synergies with the business world, with its emphasis on intellect, strategy and mental rigor. By leveraging Tech Mahindra’s expertise in new age technologies like 5G and Virtual Reality to drive fan engagement and viewership globally, we can truly transform chess into an e-sport. Furthermore, this global chess league will help us create an exceptional and inspirational experience by bringing the game home to global fans.”

As part of its NXT.NOW framework, which aims to enhance ‘Human Centric Experience’, Tech Mahindra has a deep focus on leveraging cutting-edge technologies to deliver enhanced experience and enable digital transformation to meet the evolving needs of the customer.