Chess.com created a new record in the sporting fraternity after becoming the first company to acquire broadcasting rights for the 2021 FIDE World Championship. The company is based in Palo Alto, California will be the official broadcasting partner for the biggest chess tournament in coming years.
We are thrilled to be a broadcast partner for the 2021 @FIDE_chess World Championship Match.
We look forward to broadcasting an incredible show for the chess community!
— Chess.com (@chesscom) November 17, 2020
The agreement signed between the two will broadcast Chess matches to a wider audience than ever before. However, Chess.com has been broadcasting matches from quite some time now in partnership with streaming platform Twitch.
FIDE being one of the most popular sports league in the world is held after every 2 years as the last World Championships organized in 2018 was witnessed by millions of fans across the globe.
“We are truly excited about the prospects of the 2021 World Championship Match, and this agreement is a first step towards making it a great success” FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich, said in a statement.
“The Popularity of chess is on the rise; more and more devote more time to play the game than ever before. Chess has always been an exciting and popular game, now it is also much more accessible and Chess.com contributed a great deal to that, bringing Chess to a whole new audience. We are confident that this will be the most followed World Championship match of event decades” He added.
Chess. com will not only broadcast matches all over the world but will also engage top chess commentators in their respective languages to cater the demand of wider audience all across the globe.
“FIDE has been one of the Chess. Com most important partners during the pandemic, helping to bring millions of new players to chess by working with us on some of the world prestigious events” said chess. com Director of Business Development, Nick Barton.
Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on checkered board with 64 squares in 8*8 square grid. The game is believed to be originated from India commonly known as “Chaturanga” and reached Europe via Persia and Arabia in the 9th century. The objective of the game is to checkmate the opponents’ king by placing pieces in such a way that there is no way for King to escape. The moment King is eliminated from the game the match ends there and the player who eliminates the King will be declared as the winner of the match.