The International Chess Federation is pleased to announce the first FIDE World Corporate Chess Championship, which will take place on February 19-21, 2021.
The games will be played online, with Chess.com designated as the hosting platform. Corporations will be represented by a team of four players, meeting the following conditions:
- At least one of the team members has to be a female player and at least one of the team members has to be a male player.
- Only one player of a professional level (with a FIDE rating of +2500) is allowed per team.
- At least three of the players lined-up in every match have to be full-time employees of the company.
The event will be played entirely online, but the participants are encouraged to compete from the headquarters of the company they represent, as long as the epidemiological situation in the country allows it.
An advantage of having companies playing from their own headquarters (if feasible) is that they can use this event to promote team building, fostering a sense of connectivity between employees and contributing to a positive workplace environment. Besides, participant companies are offered the possibility to brand the playing venue and provide a video feed to be used at the FIDE and Chess.com broadcast, as well as in their own channels.
FIDE President's address:
On behalf of the International Chess Federation, I would like to invite your company to take part in the first official World Corporate Chess Championship, which will be played ONLINE on February 19-21, 2021, and broadcast live on Chess.com.
Sports activities promote team building, fostering a sense of connectivity between employees and contributing to a positive workplace environment. In the case of a corporate chess tournament, your employees will also be training useful skills like decision making, creative thinking, and the ability to calculate a few moves ahead. All this in a competitive but fun environment.
We believe this is also a chance for the participating companies and their executives to reach new clients and business opportunities through sport and develop contacts with leaders and representatives of national and multinational businesses.
Make a smart move, and join us in this celebration of intelligence.
Exclusive prizes at stake
Participants will compete for truly special prizes: the winning company will be declared World Corporate Chess Champion 2021, while the team raising most donations for two social programs run by FIDE (Chess in Education and Support to Chess Veterans) will be invited to send four players to attend the forthcoming World Chess Championship match, to be held in the frame of the Dubai World Expo 2021.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world, and enjoy the exclusive experience of meeting some of the brightest minds on the planet.
Besides, the first 4 teams in the final ranking of the FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship will secure four seats each to participate in an online simultaneous chess game against the Challenger for the FIDE World Champion title, together with representatives of the sponsors.
Additionally, each of the 4 highest-ranked teams not qualified for the Play-Off Stage of the FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship will secure 4 seats each to participate in an online simultaneous chess game against the FIDE Women’s World Champion, together with representatives of the sponsors.
Partnership FIDE - Chess.com
Thanks to the agreement between FIDE and Chess.com for this event, the FIDE Online World Corporate Chess Championship will be broadcast live across multiple outlets including Chess.com, Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and international streaming platforms in multiple languages including: Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, French, German, Mandarin, Italian, Turkish and Polish.
The partnership between FIDE and Chess.com extends above and beyond this event: Chess.com has become the first company to acquire broadcast rights for the 2021 FIDE World Championship Match and will be an official broadcast partner for what is set to be the biggest global chess event of recent decades.
The ground-breaking agreement between Chess.com and FIDE will bring the world chess championship to a wider audience than ever before. As the world's biggest online chess platform, Chess.com has been the leading broadcaster of the board game in recent years, in partnership with streaming platform Twitch.