Play Magnus Group has partnered with Goldmoney to present the next top event in world chess: the Goldmoney Asian Rapid.
The event will feature a $100,000 prize pot and is leg seven of the prestigious Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.
Sixteen stars have been lined-up to show their metal in the contest. It starts on June 26 and runs over nine days.
Among the participants is World Champion and current Tour leader Magnus Carlsen. There is also a glittering array of top Asian talent.
India will be represented by four Grandmasters including the young hotshot Gukesh D, who qualified after winning the recent Gelfand Challenge tournament.
China’s Hou Yifan, the world’s No.1 female player, will become the first woman to compete in the Tour. Former Asian Chess Champ Saleh Salem will become the first player to represent the UAE.
The theme of the tournament is golden moments in chess.
Play Magnus Group CEO Andreas Thome said: “Just as Play Magnus Group is driving innovation to bring chess to a wider audience, Goldmoney is focused on democratizing access to purchasing precious metals through technology.
“We are excited to partner with Goldmoney, the most innovative name in precious metals.”
Goldmoney is the easiest way for people to acquire physical gold and is the world’s most trusted precious metal trader. Silver, platinum, and palladium bullion online all available on the platform.
Goldmoney Asian Rapid is go!
Roy Sebag, CEO of Goldmoney, said: “Chess is a beautiful game which expresses the skill, free will, and intelligence found in human beings. It is a game with a rich tradition spanning at least hundreds of years.
“Likewise, gold has a rich tradition as an element of great wonder which has served as the premier form of money for human civilization for thousands of years.
“We are honoured to partner with the Tour, supporting this rich human tradition of chess while introducing the contemporary chess community to the rich tradition of gold and precious metals.”
So far the Tour has achieved 90 million live broadcast views on online streaming platforms and a record-breaking 283,000 peak concurrent viewership for professional chess tournaments.
The current leader is Carlsen, who is going for a hat-trick of wins after victories in the New In Chess Classic and FTX Crypto Cup events.
The Goldmoney Asian Rapid will be broadcast live on Norwegian TV station TV 2 and streamed with commentary in several languages on chess24’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
Highlights will also be available in 60 countries on the Eurosport app.
Play begins at the new time of 13:00 CEST to accommodate players in Asia. All games will be played on the chess24.com playzone with a time control of 15 minutes per player for all moves, plus a 10-second increment for each move made.