A tournament with 10 european countries involved, with Italy and its national team, after the stop imposed by the Coronavirus. Chess is becoming more and more digital and the international competitions come back active with a new format for this ‘Mitropa Hybrid 2021’. The tournament will be both live and online. The Italian renewal has became possible thanks to the first partnership between a national federation and an esport organization: the Italian Chess Federation and QLASH.

The best Italian players will participate in the ‘Mitropa Hybrid 2021’ from the QLASH House, the great QLASH headquarter in Villorba di Treviso, which has all the space and technologies to host and support the Italian national teams (open and female). The event will take place from 3 to 13 May and it will be followed and broadcasted from the QLASH social medias.

The president of the Italian Chess Federation Luigi Maggi: “It will be a great feeling to see, after two years, a return to national competitions for some of our more talented athletes. The federation is happy to promote the competitive activity recovery, even if it is still hard. It is mandatory to thank QLASH for its hospitality and its supportive work. In fact, it is planned an important coverage program on their social media for all the matches and activities that will be done”.

Maggi has spoken even about the national team: “This is the first event with the new coaches, Loek Van Wely (GM – Open national team) and Fabrizio Bellia (IM – trainer of the female section), I wish them all the best for their work and for being part of this new season. This is the chance to be back living our everyday passion for chess, with a sight to the future”.

QLASH CEO Luca Pagano: “It is an honor and a great opportunity for QLASH to be a partner of the Italian Chess Federation and the national team. We have announced our goal to create a bridge between chess and esports, we are doing it: we will do our best to support the players in this event. We hope that this is just the beginning of the collaboration with the Federation”.