Asian Chess Federation, Checkmate partner to scale up online competitive chess

David Jenns, Principal (Left), White Wolf Strategies, Hisham Al Taher, Secretary-General, Asian Chess Federation (Centre), John McRae, Founder and Managing Director, VADR Media (Right)

Checkmate just joined in long-term strategic partnership with the Asian Chess Federation (ACF), the international governing body of chess across Asia with 52 national membership associations in Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Through this exclusive partnership, Checkmate will become the organization’s official online tournament platform, data, and broadcast partner.

His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Shakboot Al Nahayan, President, Asian Chess Federation

ACF’s headquarters is in Al-Ain, the United Arab Emirates, and its President is His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan. 

“The partnership with Checkmate will allow the Asian Chess Federation to deliver competitive online tournaments and increase opportunities for our players. A key determining factor in the decision to partner with Checkmate was their commitment to improving the integrity of online chess and their ability to successfully create a solution that satisfies ACF’s vision for the future,” said His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Shakboot Al Nahayan, President Asian Chess Federation.

By estimation, about 700 million people are playing the thousands-year-old game, with the COVID-19 marking an impact on its increasing popularity alongside the release of Netflix’s hit mini-series ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ in 2020. 

The Checkmate team aims to improve the integrity of online Chess matches.

“It was fortuitous that both His Highness and ACF Secretary General Hisham Al Taher also share our passion for chess and esports. We all jointly recognize the ability for competitive online chess to connect mates (friends), generations and nations,” commented VADR Founder and Managing Director John McRae.

According to McRae, part of Checkmate’s roadmap is to release a third-party module for associations, federations, and tournament organizations wishing to benefit from the team’s efforts.

Checkmate’s take on chess will launch in Q1 2023 on the Web and Mobile.

Interested parties can sign up at to hear further announcements.