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Chess contest for BBC Two


Chess contest for BBC Two

Chess Masters, an eight-part series for BBC Two…

Across the half-hour episodes, passionate and highly-skilled players from all backgrounds will battle it out across a series of rapid chess games before one will be crowned the title of Chess Master.

Catherine Catton, BBC Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Live Events:

“In a market of competitions that celebrate physical feats, we’re really excited to back an idea that foregrounds strategy and smart-thinking. Curve has devised a format that makes chess both entertaining and accessible for all.”

There’s been a musical about it, world records were broken concerning it, and now Chess is the fastest growing sport in the world, was the most watched game on Twitch in 2021, and the most downloaded app from the iPhone store in February 2023. With six million regular players in the UK, 605 million adults playing regularly across the world, and celebrity fans including Anthony Joshua, Madonna, Will Smith and Lily Cole, chess is becoming a global phenomenon.

Malcolm Pein Director of International Chess and External Relations, The English Chess Federation:

“When Taylor Swift waxes lyrical about chess openings in her latest album, you know chess has become cool. The world’s oldest game has evolved into a 24/7 365 activity as well as a big money e-sport that has appeal across the generations. The way chess almost uniquely crosses all boundaries of age, sex, language and culture convinced me that our national broadcaster is its natural home.

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be Chess Master? The Beeb are looking for chess players of all ages and backgrounds to take part in the series. You don’t have to be a professional chess player, and anyone with a passion for chess can apply. If you’re interested in being on the show, email the production company, Curve Media, via this link.

“The chess community has waited over thirty years for the game to return to our screens and everyone is hugely excited at the prospect of creating an innovative format with the best broadcasting professionals to bring the 64 squares to life for the millions of new players and for those whose chess journey has not yet begun.”Malcolm Pein

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