More than 400 players (100+ grandmasters), chess fans all over the world, and the whole team at Chess.com are very excited that the inaugural season of the PRO Chess League will launch this Wednesday.
The PRO Chess League pits cities and regions around the globe against one another in fast-paced online play.
With 48 teams from five continents and top players such as World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the PRO Chess League promises to be a spectacular and revolutionary event.
The format of the league, which is an international successor to the U.S. Chess League, is four-vs-four team matches. Each player on a team plays each player on the other team, so a top GM will not only be playing other top GMs, but also lower-rated players. In chess, we call this the Scheveningen system, which is nearly 100 years old, but this is truly a modern event.
World #1 and #2 Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are among the grandmasters who have signed up for the PRO Chess League.
The time control is rapid time: 15 minutes for the game, plus two seconds increment per move.
The 48 teams hail from five continents, broken down as follows: 20 teams from the United States, 16 European teams, four Indian teams, three African teams, two Canadian teams, two South American teams and two Asian teams.