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This Latest Innovation in the Game of Chess Will Transform the Experience of the Audience Forever

Published 03/31/2022, 1:49 PM EDT

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Innovation and sports have traveled a long journey together. However, unlike any other sport, innovation in chess is a very recent phenomenon. Computers and super engines were the biggest technological change in the game of chess for a while, but now something new has made its entry into the game. Although this latest innovation is more about chess Grand Masters rather than the game itself.

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No matter what changes come and go, Magnus Carlsen seems to be immovable from his World No. 1 title. He has been the world chess champion now for almost a decade now and it’s not just classical chess that he is ruling.


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The legend is the master of every format. In the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour 2022, he has won both the opening tournaments and is now eyeing the overall title.

Heart rate monitor in chess

The broadcasters at the FIDE Grand Prix 2022 have introduced the latest innovation for the final round of the tournament happening in Berlin. Apart from the actual game, the audience will now be able to watch Grand Master’s heart rate during a game as well. Chess is a game of emotions, and what better way to comprehend emotions than to monitor a player’s heart rate?

However, the process will not hinder Grand Master’s focus on the game. AI technology will monitor the heart rate by reading visual changes in a player’s expression during the game.


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World Chess CEO, Ilya Merenzon, said, “Chess games are thrilling, full of emotions and often rage or disappointment, but you don’t get to see it during the broadcast because the players are conditioned to hide it. We are happy to add a layer of human sensitivity so spectators can have some insight into the state of mind of their favorite players.”

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Hikaru Nakamura and Richard Rapport qualify for the candidate’s tournament


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Besides the five already booked seats in the candidate’s tournament, Nakamura and Rapport have also secured their places in the tournament. The news came even before the finals of the third leg of the FIDE Grand Prix 2022. Both the Grand Masters are the winners with 20 points each and the rest of the games in the tournament are now just for formality.


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Who do you think is going to be the next challenger for the world chess championship against Magnus Carlsen?

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Written by:

Saurav Panwar


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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.
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