Official partners of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour

We celebrated the beginning of the Finals in style with a special “behind the scenes” Opening Reception on September 24, 2021. It was our way to say thank-you for supporting us!

Host for the night was the show anchor Kaja Snare. Here she is in front of the official guest photo wall, featuring all Tour partners who joined us for the 2021 season and beyond.

The official reception was opened by Andreas Thome, the CEO of Play Magnus Group. He said: “We are building chess into a world-leading eSport and we aspire for the Champions Chess Tour to be for chess what Formula 1 is for racing, or the PGA Tour is for golf."

The first MCCT 2021 season has featured more than 40 of the world’s best chess players competing in 9 tournaments.

Tour Director Arne Horvei making his opening remarks.

Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Anish Giri and Magnus Carlsen shared their reflections about the MCCT 2021 season with guests and media.

Guests at the Opening Reception of the MCCT Finals 2021

This reception preceded the start of the MCCT Finals 2021. It was a chance for partners to hear from the people who put on the show.

Our music and dance entertainers put on quite a performance for the opening ceremony.

The obligatory Play Magnus Group team photo. These are the people behind the Tour.

David, Jovanka and Kaja making time for a quick pic with partners.

Chessboards easily accessible for all the guests while mingling and networking!

It was smiles all round for everyone on the night

Chess in action: Hand & Brain with our guests.

Memorable moments from the MCCT 2021 Season were replayed

More pictures in front of the partners wall

And there were plenty of special guests

The man of the moment: Magnus Carlsen, engaging with fans and guests

And at a chess event, naturally chess is played!

Rune and Oyvind took every chance they could to interview the players between their games.



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Aker BioMarine

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Julius Baer

Julius Baer is the leading Swiss wealth management group and a premium brand in this global sector, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients.

As part of the partnership, Julius Baer will place special focus on fostering the educational benefits of chess, supporting in particular children who play chess through the  Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour.

Chess has an undeniable heritage, and similar to Julius Baer, the digital transformation of the game is taking a new approach, adapting to trends that will shape our future. “How we invest today is how we live tomorrow”. This is why we at Julius Baer devote special attention to the next generation.



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