The first event on the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour, the Skilling Open, starts today with the participation of 16 World Top players: reigning World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen (NOR), Vachier-Lagrave Maxime, Ding Liren, Nakamura Hikaru, Nepomniachtchi Ian, Aronian Levon, Duda, Jan-Krzysztof, Radjabov, Teimour, Le Quang Liem, Svidler Peter, Wesley So, Anish Giri, Karjakin Sergey, Firouzja Alireza, Anton Guijarro David and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi.

The players will compete in a single round-robin tournament from 22nd-24th November, to rank among the first 8 spots and qualify for the knockout phase. The event will be played online on the chess24 Playzone, with a time control of 15 minutes+10 seconds of an increment. The total prize fund of the event will be 100.000$, with 30.000$ reserved for the Winner of the event.

Games will be live transmitted through , with special live coverage of the event with broadcasts in 8 languages, 4 in English, and separate ones in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Turkish and Portuguese.

For the first time, one of the broadcasts includes a state-of-the-art live studio in Oslo with GM David Howell and IM Jovanka Houska, hosted by Kaja Snare.

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