Yes, online chess is incredibly popular. According to Semrush, around 420 million people engage in online chess every month, making it one of the largest esports and sports globally. Among the estimated 700 million chess players worldwide, approximately 420 million fall within the 18-34 age bracket, underlining its appeal to a younger audience.

Online chess has numerous advantages over traditional esports, including higher female participation, better brand hygiene, and suitability for international play due to its asynchronous nature. This popularity has also positively influenced over-the-board chess, as seen in events like the 2022 FIDE Olympiad in India, which attracted over 2000 players from 185 countries.

FAQ: Is Online Speed Chess Considered an Esport or Sport?

Online speed chess occupies a unique position in the realms of sports and esports. Recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a sport, its evolution into an online format has reinforced its increasing dominance as an esport. This is evident from its inclusion in events like the Olympic Virtual Series and the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games. The International Olympic Committee's exploration of the Olympic Esports Games further highlights the increasing convergence of traditional mind sports and electronic sports. Additionally, online chess is one of the few games where its electronic version is an extension of the game, not just a simulation.'s Role in the Chess Community is a free-to-play online speed chess platform, integrating live gaming-as-a-service. It combines sportech, media, and interactive entertainment to enhance our player experience. The platform features robust anti-cheat systems, sophisticated tournament management tools, and advanced social functionalities, complemented by in-platform video conferencing.

As the exclusive broadcast, data, and tournament platform for the Asian Chess Federation and the Arab Esports Federation, already plays a pivotal role in the chess community. All official speed chess competitions under the Asian Chess Federation will be conducted on, cementing the platform's central role in advancing the sport. Additionally,'s strategic partnerships with gaming and tech giant Tencent and the UTS Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute (AAII) underscore its commitment to accelerating online speed chess as an esport and its investment in R&D to promote fair play

Through these collaborations and its innovative platform, is writing its own playbook in collaboration with a community of players and partners who share our vision and love for competitive play

Who is the Asian Chess Federation?

The Asian Chess Federation (ACF) is the governing body of chess in Asia, encompassing 53 member countries across Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania. It plays a significant role in promoting and regulating chess activities in these regions.

Asian Chess Federation Events

Unless explicitly stated, The FIDE Online Chess regulations and Zones apply for ACF online speed chess events.

Are Checkmate's leagues, tournaments and events FIDE rated?

Unless explicitly stated, Checkmate's tounrnaments are not FIDE rated. This allows players to compete without the pressure of affecting their FIDE ratings. Tournaments that are ACF rated are tagged.

Who is the the Esports Intergrty Commission?

ESIC is the guardian of the integrity of esports takes responsibility for disruption, prevention, investigation and prosecution of all forms of cheating.

Fair Play Collaboration

The Asian Chess Federation, Checkmate and ESIC are partnered in their mission to accelerate chess as an esport by ensuring Fair play in online competitions.

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