Pro Chess League: India's Delhi Dynamite gun for glory
The Pro Chess League is the next ‘big’ thing in the chess world. Changing its format from the United States Chess League, the Pro Chess League is now a global league. More than 50 teams will be participating in this edition. The stalwarts of chess like Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, and Magnus Carlsen will be participating as well.
The Pro Chess League is an online league, conducted by chess.com, one of the leading chess playing portals in the world. There will be four stages in the league and the winning team will be entitled to big cash prizes. Teams have a nickname based on their city and a word describing the team. There are prizes for the best blog, best social media use, and much more.
Each team can take a total of four players for each match. There will be free agents as well. So one can even boast of the world’s best in their team if they get lucky. The time control is that of a rapid game with increment.
It will be a unique platform for making chess more popular in the world. It will be viewer friendly as the matches will not last for more than an hour. Viewers can watch the matches from any part of the world as all matches will be played online.
India has also applied for a team. We are the proud owners of the team Delhi Dynamite. The team consists of Abhijeet Gupta, Lalith Babu, Sahaj Grover, and Tania Sachdev. The team manager will be International Master Vishal Sareen and the social media manager is Devanshi Rathi.
The team can be followed on Facebook and Twitter. The team also has its own blog. So cheer for your team Delhi Dynamite in the 1st Edition of the Pro Chess League which starts in January 2017.
India’s team comprises of one of the strongest players in the country. They have 2 Arjuna Awardees, a FIDE certified FST Trainer, 2 Olympiad Medal Winners, 2 World Junior Medal Winners, 2 Commonwealth Champions, and the list just goes on.
The highest rated member of the team, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta, has had an amazing year so far. He has won the Commonwealth Championship for the third time in August. He has also won other prestigious open events such as the Hoogeveen open and the Reykjavik Open.
Tania Sachdev, who is a pillar of strength for the team, has won the Commonwealth Women’s Championship and has also ranked in the top two of other prestigious events such as the Reykjavik Open and the Isle of Man tournament. She has also commentated for the Grandmasters Showdown in St. Louis, USA.
The Delhi Dynamite team is ready to dazzle and are raring to go for glory. All eyes are geared towards the ultimate showdown come January 2017.