India’s own elite online chess tour starts on March 31 with a star-studded line-up of 16 top talents from every corner of the country. The MPL Indian Chess Tour is the first regional expansion of the world-renowned Meltwater Champions Chess Tour (where this year Carlsen won Airthings Masters and just yesterday the Charity Chess Cup). Its launch underlines the incredible boom in chess interest in India. A prize pot of $100,000 is at stake in the MPL event plus golden tickets to the elite Tour where India’s best will get to take on the world’s best. The new MPL Indian Chess Tour is being hosted by Play Magnus Group (PMG), founded by World Champion Magnus Carlsen, in partnership with esports giant Mobile Premier League (MPL). More about MPL India Chess 2022: Participants / Live games
Leg 1 will be a four-day rapid chess tournament running from March 31 to April 3, starting every day at 15:30 IST / 12 CEST. The time control is 15m + 10s. Together with MPL, Play Magnus Group aims to bring the innovative online format of the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour to India and encourage new growth in the game across the region. The winner of each tournament will receive an invitation to the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and an opportunity to play against the world’s best chess players including World Chess Champion and highest rated player of all time, Magnus Carlsen. They will also qualify for a knockout final with a $10,000 top prize.