The next event in the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour will feature the youngest Grandmaster in history while celebrating this year’s incredible boom in chess education.
The Chessable Masters, which starts on July 31, aims to shine a light on the chess world’s top educators, authors and publishers.
Interest in learning and improving at chess has spiked since the start of the pandemic and Chessable, the event’s name sponsor, has been at the forefront of that.
The online learning platform, which uses cutting-edge MoveTrainer technology, has fuelled Q1 course revenue growth of 337% year-on-year, enabling both established and many emerging authors to make a living from the game during a difficult time.
Among the stars invited to compete is 12-year-old Chessable fan Abhimanyu Mishra, from New Jersey, who made headlines worldwide when he broke the Grandmaster title age record last month.
He will be pitted against an elite field featuring Hikaru Nakamura, the US speed demon and hugely-popular Twitch streamer, alongside fellow American Wesley So.
The young hotshot Alireza Firouzja will be back to battle for a place in the Tour Finals along with another rising star Jorden Van Foreest.
Azerbaijan’s number 1 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov also lines up with Vietnam’s Liem Quang Le and Eduardo Iturrizaga, who qualified via the Iberoamericano tournament.
Play Magnus Group has also stepped up its support for female players by inviting two of the world’s top women to compete in its next elite event.
The reigning Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun and India’s reigning Women’s World Rapid Champion Humpy Koneru will also make their Tour debuts alongside Mishra and Iturrizaga.
Norway’s Aryan Tari, Adhiban Baskaran, of India, and Spanish Champion David Anton complete the confirmed list.
The Chessable Masters, organised by Play Magnus Group, is the eighth leg of the year-long Tour and carries a $100,000 prize pot.
It will feature an elite line-up of 16 top stars, 13 of whom are announced today. The remaining names will be revealed in the lead-up to the tournament.
Shining a light on authors
Among the authors highlighted by the event is International Master Yuriy Krykun, a Ukrainian chess coach who recently graduated from Webster University in Saint Louis.
Yuriy said: “As someone who aspires to share my passion for chess with as many people as possible, both via private coaching and writing, I find it extremely rewarding to see that more and more people in the chess world are able to comfortably do this and focus all their energy on sharing their passion and growing our game full-time.
“This is in no small part possible due to the amazing royalties on Chessable’s interactive courses and I am thankful to Chessable and Play Magnus Group for the opportunity to not only enjoy passive income, but also deliver my content to thousands of people all over the world!”
With more authors like IM Krykun providing their content on Chessable, there has been a significant increase in the quality and quantity of the content leading to a much improved user experience and making it as easy as it ever was to improve at chess.
Chessable aims to solve the problem of how to actually remember chess openings, using spaced learning and other scientifically-based approaches.
Chessable’s co-founder is John Bartholomew, an International Master and chess coach who also runs a popular YouTube channel with 170,000 subscribers.
IM Bartholomew said: “The demand for online coaching has absolutely skyrocketed in the past year.
“It’s crazy,” he added. “Chess education is hot – as it should be! It’s a dream come true that Chessable is able to regularly pay out substantial sums to deserving chess teachers and publishers.”
All matches in the Chessable Masters will be hosted in chess24.com’s playzone and available to watch on the platform’s Twitch and YouTube channels for free and also directly on this site.
The Chessable Masters is the penultimate leg of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour before the Finals event in San Francisco, where the ultimate winner will be crowned the world’s best online chess player.