World Chess is looking for a commentator for its World Championship events.

Like to travel? Got a gift for gab? Know the difference between the Archangel and Breyer variations in the Ruy Lopez? Can recite the names and countries of births of each of the World Champions? World Chess may have a job for you.

World Chess, which holds the commercial rights to the World Chess Championship cycle of events, is looking to find a new anchor commentator for its chess broadcasts, starting with the upcoming series of four Grand Prix tournaments. The first one begins in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, on Friday, Feb. 17. 

Ilya Merenzon, chief executive of World Chess, said, “We are looking to create a chess media superstar; someone who can provide dazzling commentary for the four Grand Prix, the Candidates tournaments and then the 2018 World Chess Championship Match on

“He or she must have a deep understanding of the game. But we are also looking for someone who can engage with a wider audience who are perhaps not chess experts.”

The job is not only to comment on tournaments, but also to play a key role in shaping a new way for chess to be broadcast that will appeal to expert chess players and also novices and newcomers to the sport.

Applicants are invited to post a five-minute video of themselves commentating on a real or hypothetical game onto YouTube with the heading “My application to become a commentator for World Chess.” An accompanying CV with a link to the YouTube video should then be sent to

Broadcast and journalism experience is an advantage, but not essential for anyone wishing to apply.

The new commentator, who will become one of the best-known personalities in the chess world, will receive a competitive salary plus fully paid travel and accommodation at tournaments around the world.