Nov 22, 2020

The Skilling Open – Champions Chess Tour kicks off on Sunday

The $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour kicks off on Sunday with the first event, The Skilling Open, featuring 16 of the world’s top chess stars.

The event will have commentary in 8 languages, with 4 broadcasts in English. For the first time, one of them includes a state-of-the-art live studio in Oslo!

There will be four different broadcasts in English, all starting at 17.45 CET:

  • The Oslo studio with GM David Howell and IM Jovanka Houska, hosted by Kaja Snare
  • A chess24 broadcast hosted by IM Tania Sachdev and GM Peter Leko
  • A Chessable broadcast hosted by GM Simon Williams, with new guests every day
  • An Indian broadcast, with chess24’s WGM Soumya Swaminathan joined by ChessBase India’s husband and wife team of IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal

As usual, there will also be separate broadcasts in other languages such as Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Turkish and Portuguese.

For the Champions Chess Tour, chess24 will be taking chess broadcasts to a completely new level. Not only will we have our regular shows with world-class commentators providing commentary for keen chess fans around the world, but we will also be running a brand new broadcast targeting a new audience.

The historic broadcast will be hosted from Oslo by Kaja Snare, who gained extensive experience working as a reporter for the 2016 World Championship match in New York, and also worked on chess broadcasts and as a sports reporter for Norwegian TV channels NRK and TV 2. She will be joined by 3-time British Champion David Howell and 9-time British Women’s Champion Jovanka Houska.

Read more on chess24
Skilling’s official coverage

See also:

  • Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Skilling Open Preliminary games with computer analysis
  • The King’s Gambit: Magnus Carlsen launches $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour
  • What’s new in the Champions Chess Tour?
  • Nakamura and Firouzja complete Skilling Open lineup
Nov 05, 2020

Ding Liren is the first of 16 players to be confirmed for the Skilling Open

Ding Liren is the first of 16 players to be confirmed for the Skilling Open, the opening event of the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour that starts on November 22nd. The Chinese world no. 3 reached the Final 4 of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour and will be one of the favourites for the new 10-tournament season. That’s not all, as Ding Liren will today take on chess24 Premium users in a Banter Blitz session starting at 15:00 CET!

Ding Liren, playing from behind the Great Firewall of China, had the most internet problems of any player on the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour, with one of the most memorable moments of the whole tour coming when Magnus sacrificed his queen on move 3 to compensate for a loss by disconnect.

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Nov 04, 2020

Carlsen launches $1.5m Champions Chess Tour

Chess24 and the Play Magnus Group are proud to announce the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour, a series of ten tournaments featuring the world’s top chess stars that will for the first time determine the world’s best player over the course of a full season of online chess. The action kicks off with the Skilling Open on November 22-30 and runs until September 2021.

The Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour was born in April-May in response to the pandemic and quickly captured the imagination of millions of chess fans around the world.

It’s now time for the next stage, the Champions Chess Tour, which will be bigger and bolder. Ten events will be played over 11 months, with the action reaching its climax in the final in September 2021.

Each event will last 9 days, with prize funds ranging from $100,000 up to $300,000 for the grand final, with a total purse of $1.5 million.

Truly dynamic logos

The logos for the tour and each individual event are graphical representations created from the moves of a particular game of chess. The game chosen for the Champions Chess Tour logo is the spectacular end to the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour: the $140,000 Armageddon decider that saw World Champion Magnus Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura.

Each tour event will get its own version of the logo based on a memorable game, with chess24 Premium members able to vote for the game as the Champions Chess Tour progresses.

Stay tuned for players announcements and more details both here on chess24 and on the brand new Champions Chess Tour website: