Magnus Carlsen creates tourney with $250,000 prize

Magnus Carlsen creates tourney with $250,000 prize

The king of Chess is in the news again, only this time it’s not for a tournament he’s won but rather an online chess tournament he’s launched. In an effort to bring more awareness and general involvement with the game, Magnus Carlsen has created an online chess tournament which will bring $250,000 to the final champion.

“I would like to contribute to professionalising chess as a sport for the benefit of players, spectators and fans,” Carlsen told an ESPN interviewer. “The starting point is that I hope many more will discover and enjoy chess the way I do. Compared to most major sports and some Esports, chess has huge untapped potential.”

Carlsen’s full ESPN interview and information on how to participate is available at ESPN.com