Chess fans are being offered a unique chance to own a piece of the game’s history with the launch of Chess Champs, an innovative new venture from Play Magnus Group.
From today, aficionados of the game will be able to buy and trade iconic moments captured from this season’s prestigious Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.
The first collection will be based around the pieces of a chess set fused into digital art and include the history-defining moments of incredible skill, vision or beauty the Tour has brought to chess.
The rare collectables – all officially endorsed by the Tour – will be available to buy and trade on the Chess Champs platform (chesschamps.io) built in partnership with NFT specialists MUST Group.
Each collectable is created by a team of chess connoisseurs, graphic designers and 3D artists in collaboration with Play Magnus Group, and “minted” on the Ethereum blockchain.
Play Magnus Group CEO Andreas Thome said: “NFTs represent one of the biggest new opportunities for sports. We’re excited to play our role in pioneering this in chess and bringing unique new experiences for millions of chess and crypto fans.”
Michael Jeppesen, Founder and CEO of MUST Group, added: “We believe chess could become one of the biggest NFT communities in the world.
“NFTs represent new opportunities for people to own their favourite moments and engage in meaningful ways with one of the oldest and most widespread games in the world.”
The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour is a 10-month-long series of tournaments that has set the chess world alight since it started last November.
It has featured all the game’s elite competitors including World Champion Magnus Carlsen competing for a prize fund of $1.6 million, a record for an online event.
The Tour reaches its climax with the Finals event which starts in Oslo on September 25 and runs until October 4. The winner will be crowned the world’s strongest online chess player.