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 worldchess.com.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
FIDE and World Chess announces today that the 2018 World Chess Championship Match will take place in London in November 2018. The world’s most prestigious chess tournament is to be the climax of a season of high-profile activity to extend the sport’s appeal among global audiences – and make 2018 the Year of Chess in the UK.
After 9 days of intense chess battles at the last leg of the World Chess Grand Prix series 2017 in Palma de Mallorca, the two winners of the series were finally determined: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, overall 340 points in the series) and Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 336,4 points). They qualified for the Candidates Tournament – the next part of the World Chess Championship cycle, which leads up to the Championship match.
The sole leader of the Palma de Mallorca Grand Prix Levon Aronian made a quick draw with Evgeny Tomashevsky today, inviting the group of rivals to join him at the top. But same as in the previous rounds all games on the top boards finished peacefully and not a single player came close to catching up with him.
After seven rounds Aronian is in the lead with 4,5 points. A group of 8 players is half a point behind, including Vachier-Lagrave. In order to qualify for the Candidates, the Frenchman needs to win at least one more game. Boris Gelfand defeated Alexander Riazantsev, Pavel Eljanov won against Jon Ludvig Hammer, while Teimour Rajabov outplayed Li Chao. After the victory the Azerbaijani Grandmaster still hopes to qualify, but in that case has to win both games.
Javier Ochoa, Honorary FIDE Vice President and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, made the first symbolic move to start the fourth round, which turned out to be the most exciting round of the tournament so far, with six decisive games out of nine.
In the Third Round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Palma de Mallorca games between the four leaders, Vachier-Lagrave-Aronian and Rajabov-Giri, finished in a draw. Peter Svidler joined the group of leaders by beating Jon-Ludvig Hammer in the third round.
The world’s best chess players and chess establishment came together in Bellver Castle to celebrate the opening of the final leg of the FIDE 2017 World Chess Grand Prix Palma de Mallorca – a prestigious qualifier for the World Chess Candidates Tournament.
Katerina Lagno, one of the strongest Russian women-grandmasters won the historic Moscow Blitz Tournament, beating her fellow Russian Olympic team members Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.
After a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimur Rajabov won the tournament. One of the strongest players, Rajabov had not won a major tournament lately, but has shown phenomenal form in Geneva and managed to overpower some of top world’s players