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Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen chases a nonfungible trophy

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A global chess event, Meltwater Champions Chess Tour (MCCT), has introduced to mint nonfungible token (NFT) trophies and collectibles for preserving the sport‘s most defining moments for infinity. 

The winner of the MCCT will likely be awarded an NFT trophy, marking the mainstream crypto involvement from the worldwide chess neighborhood. The event’s finals will see participation from grandmaster Magnus Carlsen and different 9 skilled chess gamers together with Wesley So.

In response to the official assertion, Chess Champs will mint two editions of the Champion’s Trophy NFT, permitting followers to acquire a duplicate of the trophy by way of an internet public sale. Furthermore, the corporate may even launch a collection of NFT collectibles attributed to “the strikes, the moments and the gamers” on the chess tour.

Carlsen’s curiosity in crypto may be traced again to a latest chess event hosted by FTX crypto change, the place the World Champion won 0.6 Bitcoin (BTC) together with the $60,000 prize in money.

Along with awards, the chess neighborhood is exploring blockchain use instances to forestall dishonest in on-line tournaments amid the COVID-19 restrictions. Working parallel to the postponement of the 2020 Chess Candidates Event in Ekaterinburg, Russia, World Chess has beforehand explored the possibility of moving matches online by way of blockchain know-how.

Associated: Sports-themed NFTs spark gold rush as projects raise $930M in a week

A Cointelegraph report from September reveals that tokenized sport collectibles initiatives have collectively raised nearly $1 billion in funding inside every week.

Dapper Labs, the agency providing tokenized basketball collectibles NBA Top Shot, introduced a $250 million funding spherical along with revealing a 30x development in 2021.

Following swimsuit, Sorare, an NFT trading cards marketplace raised $680 million in funding led by Japanese fintech large SoftBank. With a revised valuation of $4.3 billion, Sorare plans to broaden its portfolio of soccer participant NFTs by rising partnerships with soccer leagues and associations.