Challengers Chess Tour 2022 will return next month with a line-up of the world’s top juniors. The all-star junior chess section of the Tour will include two events and a final four. The Julius Baer Challenge (September 3 to 4) will be followed by the Magnus Academy Challenge (October 8 to 9) before the overall winner is crowned at the Challengers Final Four on October 29 and 30. In December the overall 2022 Tour Champion will go on to face 17-year-old Praggnanandhaa, the 2021 Tour Champion, in a finale to the season.
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Sixteen of the world’s top Under 12, 14 and 16 age group players have been invited to take part in the first leg alongside Under 18 and 20 stars such as Raunak Sadhwani, Jonas Buhl Bjerre and Leon Mendonca.
Julius Baer supported last year’s Challengers Chess Tour, a unique gender-balanced chess event designed to promote new talent. Julius Baer is also a title partner for this year’s Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, which features the world’s best players.
Marco Parroni, Head Global Sponsoring & Partnership Julius Baer: “We are thrilled to support the Challengers Chess Tour for the second time and to help give young chess stars a springboard to stardom. Not only is the tour a great platform for the brightest talents from around the world, but we also consider its work to promote gender equality as particularly important.”
Pragg won the 2021 Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour and earned qualification for the senior Meltwater tour, where he hit the headlines immediately in January with a memorable win over World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
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The series is part of a conscious effort by the Play Magnus Group and the Swiss private bank Julius Baer to develop young talent, advance gender equality in the sport and find the next big stars in the game.
Polgar, the strongest female player in history, will return to the commentary box to give expert insights on their players.
Every move of the 2022 tour will be streamed live and for free on chess24.com/tour and on chess24’s Twitch and YouTube channels.
The Tour will bring together 16 of the most exciting young male and female chess players. There will be eight female and eight male players. Stay tuned for the announcement of the lineup!
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