The world-class chess tournaments of today will be featured online by 2018, according to a news release.
The 2018 online tournaments are to feature three online options for each player: online tournaments, online tournaments hosted by a dedicated venue, and an online tournament hosted by the ICC, the world governing body for international tournaments.
The ICC announced the launch of the new online option to the online chess format at the 2018 World Chess Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, on Friday.
“This will be a key part of our commitment to delivering the best online experience for our fans,” said ICC chief executive Alex van der Zyl.
“We are delighted to see the world’s top players come together to compete in online tournaments as a way to connect with fans, and we hope it will help bring more viewers to the games.”
The new online format will be available to all players, and the ICC is inviting interested players to register online.
The online tournament will be held on the ICC’s website and will be hosted by an ICC-sanctioned venue and will include live coverage from the venue.
The games will be streamed live from the ICC.
The announcement comes after an online chess competition was launched in the United Kingdom last month, which featured an offline event in the UK for players to compete against one another.
Players competing in online competitions will be required to sign up for the ICC Player Licensing Agreement (PLA), which allows them to play in tournaments and tournaments hosted outside the UK.
Players will also be required by their venue to provide their ICC registration details, including a photograph, email address and password to ensure a secure connection.
The tournament will run from September 6 to October 10, 2018.