Chess.com announces PRO Chess League: Arena Royale
Chess.com is pleased to announce the return of the PRO Chess League. The PRO Chess League: Arena Royale is a special week-long event for the PCL that will take place from September 16 to September 24 and will have a $ 100,000 in fund prizes. Elite chess players will form 16 different teams from around the world who will compete in a series of blitzes and quick games to determine the 2021 PRO Chess League champion.
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The event we all know and love returns with a twist this year: teams will compete against each other in blitz time checks using the new launch of Chess.com “Club Arena” interface before moving on to a knockout phase, followed by the league’s traditional quick time control for the semi-finals and the final.
Each arena will have individual and team prizes and each player will have to fight tooth and nail for each victory to help rack up points and streaks for their team.
While this event is the most condensed format the league has ever had, Chess.com chess director IM Danny Rensch assured PRO Chess League fans that this incredible event will deliver excitement, but more importantly. still, that the future of the league is still very bright. .
“While we were disappointed that we couldn’t find a way to fit into a full PCL season during this busy calendar year, we are more excited than ever for the future of the league. This compact event will always bring the PCL drama, with super fun ‘tiebreaker’ battles and a real game for everyone in terms of who’s playing who, and who’s getting hot for their respective teams! ” Rensch said.
“This is the biggest prize pool we’ve ever had for the shortest ‘season’ we’ll probably ever have. Plus, I can say that there are big things in the works for the PCL in 2022 and beyond. Bigger prices and more. At stake more than ever, that’s what will follow. ”
There are great things in the works for the PCL in 2022 …
– IM Danny Rensch, Chess Director of Chess.com
With a history of attracting the world’s most prominent chess players, the PRO Chess League will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting events of the year. Seasons past have seen such players as GM World Champion Magnus Carlsen, 2021 GM Candidate winner Ian Nepomniachtchi, Chinese number one GM Ding Liren, and more!
This year, the always powerful Saint Louis team is already part of the teams confirmed to participate. The triple champions had none other than general managers Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So and Leinier Dominguez playing for their team. With many talented players in their history, expectations are high to see who they include in their ranks for this year.
Fans will also want to keep a close watch on the Canadian squad, whose participation is confirmed this year as well. With GM Eric Hansen as their manager, the 2020 Canadian Chess included heavyweight GMs Anish Giri, Alexander Grischuk, Alireza Firouzja and Aryan Tari.
Be sure to follow our official broadcast so you don’t miss any details of PRO 2021 Chess League: Arena Royale! You can watch the event with live commentary on Chess.com/TV or on our Tic and Youtube canals.
Which country do you think will win this year’s event? Who will you be cheering for? Let us know in the comments below!