Mumbai, June 15, 2023: The Global Chess League today unveiled the franchise logos and team jerseys at Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla, Mumbai, as part of the chess celebrations leading up to the inaugural edition scheduled to kick-start in Dubai from June 21st, 2023, to July 2nd, 2023.
In continuation to the Global Chess League drafts held last week in Mumbai, the teams revealed their team logos (Ganges Grandmasters, SG Alpine Warriors, Balan Alaskan Knights, Chingari Gulf Titans, upGrad Mumba Masters, Triveni Continental Kings) and jerseys in a grand event with many chess fans in attendance. The event witnessed digitized team jerseys being displayed across the LED walls of the Phoenix Marketcity.
Mayank Lalpuria- Vice President Marketing- Phoenix Mills Ltd. added, “We are thrilled to host the Global Chess League team at Phoenix Malls. With the popularity and growing interest in chess, we as a group have been actively supporting it by virtue of our various associations and other organizations, as well as hosting numerous chess events at all our centers. Phoenix Malls have partnered with Tech Mahindra for their Global Chess League tournament as the ‘Official Mall Partners’ for India. We are committed to amplifying the game of chess and nurturing its community for continued growth. Along with enhancing the mall experience by introducing an exciting new option for customers to indulge in.”
The event was hosted and organised by Phoenix Group, which has been onboarded as the ‘Official Mall Partners’ of the Global Chess League for the next three years. As part of the association, Phoenix Group will host two-day tournaments across five cities, including Mumbai, Pune, Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Indore, in the lead-up to the Global Chess League. Further, Phoenix Group will also host watch parties in Mumbai and Pune for the league’s grand final on 2nd July 2023.
Jagdish Mitra, Chairperson of the Global Chess League Board said, “We are delighted to be here today to witness the colourful jersey launch of all our franchise partners. The Global Chess League was created for chess fans, and we are thrilled that they witnessed the jersey reveal and participated in the two-day Chess tournament to build excitement for the league’s first edition. We value all our partners and would like to welcome and thank the Phoenix Group for organising an exciting event and bringing together so many Chess fans from across the city.”
The annual league will feature a unique mixed-team format wherein, each of the six franchises will play a total of 10 matches in a double round-robin format, with the winner of each match being decided in a best-of-six board scoring system played simultaneously. The top two teams will qualify for the final on July 2, 2023 in Dubai.
About Tech Mahindra Global Chess League:
The Global Chess League is the world’s first and largest official franchise league of its kind, with chess players from all over the world competing in a unique joint team format. It is a joint venture between Tech Mahindra, a part of the Mahindra Group, and FIDE. GCL will feature male and female chess champions competing in the same team. Playing on the popular Rapid format, the league’s joint male-female teams will have the rare distinction of being a unique multiplayer team in the world of professional sports. In addition, the League will be the first ever Live televised chess event of its kind that will help offer fans a unique viewing experience. FIDE and Tech Mahindra will explore innovative ways to promote the game through interactive technology-enabled platforms by leveraging next-generation technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality, among others.