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Chess Titans Carlsen, Nakamura, Anand and Amin set for Epic Showdown in Casablanca, Morocco

by ChessBase India - 03/05/2024

This month on 18th and 19th May, we will witness a new chess variant, Casablanca Chess introduced by Casablanca Stock Exchange. So what is different in this variant? The starting positions of each game will be equal positions inspired by historical gems - some renowned and others less so. Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Vishy Anand and Amin Bassem will be the four elites taking part in this event. Check out the press release to know all the details about this event slated to take place in Casablanca, Morocco. Are you excited about this new variant of chess? Who do you think will emerge victorious? Our very own CEO and Cofounder, IM Sagar Shah will be present at the venue to bring you all coverage from there. Photo: Casablanca Chess

World’s top Grandmaster will play rapid trying out the new Casablanca Chess Variant on 18th and 19th May 2024

Casablanca Chess Variant: Bridging History and Innovation

The chess world has walked a long way, evolving from the timeless brilliance of past masters to the dynamic landscape of modern play—replete with technology, online matches, engine variations, and meticulous opening preparation. In this digital age, some games unfold seamlessly, their moves orchestrated in advance, leaving little room for creativity at the board. To inspire the spirit of independent thought and strategic creativity, the Casablanca Stock Exchange introduces the groundbreaking Casablanca Chess Variant.


Unveiling the Casablanca Chess Variant

Starting Positions: The game commences from equal positions inspired by historical gems—some renowned, others less so. Will today’s masters follow the well-trodden paths of their predecessors, or will they choose a new direction?

Tournament Name: Casablanca Chess organized by the Casablanca Stock Exchange with Casa Events & Animation, and the Royal Moroccan Chess Federation

Tournament Details: Mark your calendars for the inaugural event in the vibrant city of Casablanca, Morocco, from May 18th to 19th, 2024.

Elite Players: Representing four continents, four top players will play rapid games. Grandmasters Laurent Fressinet and Hicham Hamdouchi will choose and unveil surprise starting positions before each game.

Magnus Carlsen: Widely considered as the strongest chess player of all time, former World Chess Champion and current world #1, represents Europe.

Hikaru Nakamura: A streaming sensation with millions of devoted fans, world #3 player, defends the colors of North America.

Viswanathan Anand: The legendary 5-time World Chess Champion, the trailblazer of Indian chess, represents Asia.

Amin Bassem: Africa’s strongest Grandmaster, numerous times continental champion, plays on home turf.


Weaving Tradition and Innovation

Morocco, a nation steeped in historical traditions, embraces progress while honoring its past. The Casablanca Stock Exchange, known for its innovative spirit, weaves threads of history into the fabric of the Casablanca Chess Variant. The echoes of bygone games will resonate alongside the promise of new strategies by the world's finest players—a captivating blend of heritage and modernity. Notably, Casablanca Chess is being held in conjunction with the FIDE 100 celebrations as the International Chess Federation marks a century since its foundation.


WGM Anna Burtasova

Casablanca Chess Press Officer


Source: Press Release

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