Play Magnus Group (PMG) - Tour Finals 2022: Meltwater Champions Chess Tour reaches its climax in San Francisco
1.11.2022 11:00:01 CET | Play Magnus AS | Non-regulatory press releases
(Oslo, 1 November 2022) - A drama-filled season spanning nearly a full year of
competition has led to the ninth and final event of the award-winning Meltwater
Champions Chess Tour. The tournament is a seven-day all-play-all round robin
starting on November 14 and concluding on November 20.
Eight elite chess stars will take part in the third and final major, the Tour
Finals 2022. In a unique online and in-person hybrid chess event, four players
will compete from SHACK15 in San Francisco while four will play remotely.
Newly-crowned Tour 2022 Champion Magnus Carlsen heads the line-up and will be in
San Francisco vying for his fifth victory in the 2022 season. Three-time US
Champion Wesley So, will be back making his keenly-awaited first appearance this
Indian teen sensation Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa will be aiming for his
breakthrough first tournament win after coming so close twice already this
season. Dutch No.1 Anish Giri will complete the in-person line-up in San
Francisco aiming to score his first win in 2022.
Playing online are four of the most exciting players this year. Jan-Krzysztof
Duda, who sits second in the overall Tour leaderboard after winning October's
Aimchess Rapid, will be joined by the runner-up from that event Shakhriyar
Completing the line-up are Vietnam's US-based speed specialist Liem Quang Le,
fourth in the overall Tour leaderboard, and Arjun Erigaisi, the other Indian
wonderkid to wow audiences this year. Erigaisi finished second to Carlsen at the
Julius Baer Generation Cup before scoring a first win against the Norwegian at
the Aimchess Rapid.
The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour is the world's first year-long online chess
series designed to determine the world's best chess player over a full season of
competitive online chess.
Play Magnus Group created the Tour from scratch as the world of sport closed
down during the global covid pandemic in 2020. Since its launch in 2020, the
Tour has gone from strength-to-strength breaking viewership records for online
and live tournaments and recently winning the Digital Entertainment award from
Leaders in Sport alongside other winners including Wimbledon, NBA, Arsenal and
other major sports organizations.
Global media has increasingly followed the excitement of the Tour. According to
Meltwater's reach data, the Tour generated 22 billion in media reach in 2021 and
58 billion so far in 2022, representing 164 per cent year over year growth on an
already record-breaking inaugural season.
Tour Director Arne Horvei said, "We are excited to see the second season of the
Meltwater Champions Chess Tour culminate in the Tour Finals in San Francisco
with our title partner Meltwater. This year the Tour has taken major strides in
becoming the leading annual circuit in online chess, and we are proud to have
many more fans, players and partners become part of the Tour's journey
throughout the season."
The Tour is supported by San Francisco headquartered, social and media
intelligence provider Meltwater, which became the title partner of the Champions
Chess Tour at the beginning of the inaugural 2021 season. The partnership
thrives on mutual themes of strategy, analysis and utilizing information to
improve your position whether over the chess board or the boardroom.
Zubair Timol, Vice President of Culture at Meltwater, said, "The Meltwater
Champions Chess Tour has been a historic series, in terms of viewership,
engagement and social interactions. The Tour has visited Oslo, Miami and now San
Francisco, bringing the world's best players to a truly global market. At
Meltwater, innovation is at the core of everything we do, and it has been a
privilege to collaborate with PMG as they continue to drive digital
transformation in chess. The recent Leaders In Sport Award is a reflection of a
truly collaborative and inclusive partnership between PMG and Meltwater."
The in-person event will be hosted at SHACK15, an innovative social space
located within San Francisco's iconic Ferry Building with panoramic views of the
The Tour Finals 2022 kick off at 15:00 ET / 21:00 CET on November 14. Watch the
broadcast live on chess24.com - http://chess24.com or chess24's YouTube and
For more information contact
Arne Horvei, Tour Director
About the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour
The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour is the leading online chess Tour worldwide
determining the world's best chess player over a full competitive season of
online chess. The 2022 season began in February 2022 and features 9 monthly
tournaments culminating in a Final to be held at Shack 15 in San Francisco from
November 14 - 20, 2022. The best chess players in the world compete for a total
prize pool of over USD 1.6 million in rapid chess online on www.chess24.com. For
more information visit www.championschesstour.com.
About Play Magnus Group
Play Magnus Group is a global leader in the chess industry focused on providing
premier digital experiences for millions of chess players and students. The
company offers elearning and entertainment services via its market leading
brands: chess24, Chessable, iChess, New In Chess, Everyman Chess, Magnus
Academy, Aimchess, the Play Magnus App Suite, and the Meltwater Champions Chess
Tour. The Group's mission is to grow chess to make the world a smarter place by
encouraging more people to play, watch, study, and earn a living from chess.
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