Julius Baer Generation Cup: World’s top chess stars compete in clash of ages

Julius Baer Generation Cup

The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, the world’s leading year-round chess circuit, is launching a new ground-breaking tournament this month focused on the clash of ages.

The eight-day Julius Baer Generation Cup, the seventh leg of the $1.6 million Tour running from September 18 to 25, will feature 16 world-class players spanning the age spectrum.

Top of the bill is World Champion Magnus Carlsen with Indian teen sensation Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa. Nineteen-year-old American Hans Niemann will also compete.

Also in the 16-player line-up are two legends of chess in six-time World Championship candidate Boris Gelfand and Ukraine’s 53-year-old former World Rapid Champion Vasyl Ivanchuk.

At 15, Christopher Yoo is the youngest in the competition. Along with Pragg and Niemann, Yoo is joined by Vincent Keymer and Arjun Erigaisi in a cohort of talented teenagers.

Six players considered in their prime complete the line-up: Anish Giri, Levon Aronian, Liem Le, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, David Navara and the exciting Croatian Ivan Saric.

The final name will be the winner of the MPL Indian Chess Tour Leg 3, which will be confirmed on Monday, September 12.

The $150,000 tournament’s theme is “generations in chess” and its coverage will highlight the incredible inclusivity the game can promote.

Chess, unlike many sports, is a pursuit old, young and everyone in between can enjoy together not just as fans, but in competition too at every level. Whether it’s a casual game, or a match at a super-strong level, chess is for everyone.

The inaugural Generation Cup is being put on through a partnership between Swiss private bank Julius Baer and Play Magnus Group. 

Marco Parroni, Head Global Sponsoring & Partnership Julius Baer, said: “The Julius Baer Generation Cup with its inclusive intention marks an even deeper involvement in the chess world for us.

“The commitment to the Generation Cup is a consistent step for us, after we already supported last year’s Challengers Chess Tour, a unique gender-balanced chess event designed to promote new talent which we continue to support this year as well.”

The Julius Baer Generation Cup marks a fitting return to Julius Baer events for Pragg, the 17-year-old from Chennai.

Pragg won the 2021 Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour and earned qualification for the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, where he hit the headlines immediately in February with a memorable win over World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Tour Director Arne Horvei said: “Together with Julius Baer, we are delighted to present the seventh leg of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

“The Tour is heating up as we enter the final three events. We have the thrilling prospect of Carlsen vs Pragg and all the players will be fighting for places in the third and final Major in November.”

Every move will be streamed live and for free on chess24.com/tour and on chess24’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

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