NODWIN Gaming joins forces with Samay Raina and ChessBase India to launch Chess Super League
28th September 2021
Leading esports brand NODWIN Gaming, Samay Raina, and ChessBase India are partnering to launch a new online chess league called the Chess Super League (CSL).
The first season of the Chess Super League will run between 8pm to 11 pm from 11 October to 17 October 2021 featuring six top grandmasters across the globe among men and women – six top men and women players from India and 6 top Indian junior boys and girls. The six teams of six players each will give viewers the rare opportunity to see players come together to battle for a prize pool of Rs 40 lakh.
The teams will be spearheaded by franchise owners who will support and represent their squad through the Chess Super League. The franchise owners of the debut edition include the likes of Tanmay Bhat, Raftaar (Kalamkaar), Zakir Khan, MortaL (S8ul), Biswa Kalyan Rath, and Shreyas Srinivasan (PayTM Insider CEO).
These franchise owners will act as ambassadors and will be the torch bearers for their teams for the entirety of the league.
This league will see grandmasters like Ding Liren, Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov, Hou Yifan, Muzychuk sisters, Nana Dzagnidze, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Vidit Gujrathi, Sasikiran Krishnan, Koneru Humpy, Dronavalli Harika, Tania Sachdev, and young grandmasters like Gukesh, Raunak Sadhwani, Savitha Shri and others.
The league will be broadcast on Samay’s YouTube channel, and will feature ChessBase India CEO Sagar Shah and Raina as the hosts and commentators. Shah and Raina began streaming chess together in early 2020. Their streams have garnered over 650 million views to date as they aim to be understood and enjoyed by amateurs and professionals alike.
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“I have enjoyed streaming chess with Sagar and have been incredibly lucky to have some of the best players in the world play chess on my channel and the best fans in the world watching us have fun week after week. The logical next step is to launch a league that will feature some of the best talents from India and around the world and I can’t be happier than to be able to do it now. Fans will love the competitive intensity of what we have planned and as always will enjoy the thrill of watching high quality chess with us,” said Raina.
“Indian chess is on the rise and experts all across the world have dubbed India as the next powerhouse in the world of chess. We have many strong players, we have many young talents. This online league will give more exposure and opportunity to Indian players, especially the youngsters. Right since its inception, ChessBase India has tried its best to power chess in India and this online league is a step in the right direction.” said Shah.
“Chess Super League is the first property that we are announcing after the acquisition of the gaming business of OML and is a testimony to the fact that gaming, eSports and comedy have significant synergies and shall come together in a big way. It is a sampling of many such collaborations between the different forms of gaming entertainment that the world will see,” said NODWIN Gaming managing director Akshat Rathee.
Recently, NODWIN Gaming, an independent subsidiary of Nazara Technologies was in the news after it acquired the gaming and adjacent intellectual property business of media and entertainment company OML Entertainment for Rs 73 crore.