Viswanathan Anand to represent Asia at Casablanca Chess Variant in Morocco

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Viswanathan Anand

The world of chess is set to witness an epic showdown at the Casablanca Chess event in Morocco on May 18th and 19th, 2024. The event will feature a unique format, the Casablanca Chess Variant, and will see four top players representing their continents. One of the participants is the legendary five-time World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand, who will be representing Asia.

Viswanathan Anand to face off against the World’s best at Casablanca Chess Variant

Anand, the trailblazer of Indian chess, will face off against Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, and Amin Bassem. Carlsen, widely considered as the strongest chess player of all time and the former World Chess Champion, will represent Europe. Nakamura, a streaming sensation with millions of devoted fans and the world’s #3 player, will represent North America. Africa’s strongest Grandmaster, Amin Bassem, will play on home turf.

The Casablanca Chess Variant is a groundbreaking format introduced by the Casablanca Stock Exchange. The games will commence from equal positions inspired by historical gems. The positions will be interesting and equal, and the players will need to play out these selected positions. This unique format aims to inspire the spirit of independent thought and strategic creativity.

Grandmasters Laurent Fressinet and Hicham Hamdouchi will choose and unveil surprise starting positions before each game. This means that the organizers will pick a midway point from a historical game, and then the two players on the board have to try and beat their opponent from that point on.

This event is a testament to Anand’s incredible knowledge and experience, and his aim to help broaden the appeal of chess. As the chess world eagerly awaits this event, it will be fascinating to see how Anand, with his rich experience and strategic prowess, performs in this unique format.

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