Counter Logic Gaming and Chess.com, the the world’s largest Chess site, announced a partnership for the first-ever CLG Chess Arena tournament. This tournament, the first of its kind hosted by a major US esports organization, takes place on Tuesday., September 8. It is open to participants at every level of play, and offers a prize pool over $2,000.
CLG Nemo, a content creator, chess player, and FIDE Master and Woman Grandmaster title-holder, will host the tournament. She won the Canadian Women’s Championship in 2016. Nemo and CLG’s Twitch Channels will broadcast CLG Chess Arena.For more information visit Chess.com.
“As chess continues to grow in both popularity and accessibility, we believe this is an opportunity to connect further with chess players and those who are fans of the game,” said Dan Fleeter, COO of CLG. “CLG is consistently looking for ways to innovate and bring communities together. We see this as just one small step towards our foray into the world of Chess.”
“CLG is an elite esports organization that we are excited to be working with to promote chess to new audiences,” said Isaac Steincamp, Chess.com’s Director of Strategy. “Promoting the game for both professional and novice players is a priority for Chess.com. We’re happy to be partnering with an organization that values the greater online chess community.”
Esports and Chess continue to cross over
CLG Chess Arena is another step for intertwining Chess and esports. Just in the past month, Chess.com has partnered with Rumble Gaming, a global esports talent agency and gaming consulting company; esports organization TSM signed GM Hikaru Nakamura; and Chess.com has been hosting its second PogChamps chess tournament on Twitch with a $50,000 prize pool. CLG’s move into the Chess world is a continuation of this trend.