Sport og spill

08.11.2020 kl 13:46 3326

Denne helt overveldende nyheten om TV-dekning i Europa og Asia tas imot med entusiasme i India. Merk at ifølge denne artikkelen fra Mumbai Times finnes det mer enn dobbelt så mange sjakkspillere i verden sammenlignet med antallet som spiller fotball...

Magnus Carlsen’s Champions Chess tour to be streamed on digital platforms, including in India

Updated: Nov 8, 2020, 05:45 IST

A Fide survey had put out data that showed chess was more popular than football -- 605 million to 265 million worldwide play the game. Still chess is not regarded as a popular sport. That is because it is not a television sport or conducive for showing it on digital platforms.

But hold on! The success of Queen’s Gambit seems to have changed the perception people have of chess. For the cerebral game, things may change for the better. Europe’s leading sports channel, Eurosport, has secured the rights to show a full season of the tournament in 52 countries, including India. Discovery + will telecast the matches, the first of which will begin on November 22.

“This should be a new chapter in Indian chess,” said a top Indian GM. “Now people can watch it on TV and let’s see how it is received. I am very happy about it,” said Harikrishna. Equally upbeat about the development was GM Pravin Thipsay. “It is a positive development and an opportunity for the game to expand. There is fighting within the chess association (AICF), otherwise it would have been a good opportunity to expand the horizon of Indian chess,” Thipsay said.

The Eurosport agreement will see live and localised coverage of the Champions Chess Tour knock-out rounds screened in English, German, French and Spanish via digital platforms including the Eurosport App (Europe), Dplay (Finland) and Discovery Plus (India).
Redigert 21.01.2021 kl 04:41

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