Chess Commentator role at World Chess
Have you got what it takes to be a world class commentator at World Chess? World Chess have just advertised for the role on their website. In their own words, they are looking for a Star! They are looking for someone with a deep knowledge and understanding of chess but the person needs to be able to engage with people with very little knowledge of the game of the chess.
World Chess, which holds the commercial rights to the World Chess Championship cycle of events, is looking to find a new anchor commentator for its chess broadcasts, starting with the upcoming series of four Grand Prix tournaments. The first one begins in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates, on Friday, Feb. 17.
Ilya Merenzon, chief executive of World Chess, said, “We are looking to create a chess media superstar; someone who can provide dazzling commentary for the four Grand Prix, the Candidates tournaments and then the 2018 World Chess Championship Match on worldchess.com.
I took part as a volunteer in the 2016 World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin in New York. I was very impressed by the World Chess team.
What can the successful candidate expect at World Chess? Apart from mingling with the stars of the chess world during the course of their work, will receive a competitive salary plus fully paid travel and accommodation at tournaments around the world. The World Chess commentator is likely to become a star in their own right. The role will have a great deal of visibility.
Broadcast and journalism experience is an advantage, but not essential for anyone wishing to apply. Do you understand chess a great deal? Do you love interacting with a lot of people? Can you explain the complexities of the Poisoned Pawn variation in an intriguing manner? If you answered yes to all these this role could be the one for you. Who knows!
Here is a short video on chess and World Chess and what their plans are:
Applying for the role
What do you need to do as an applicant? Post a five-minute video of themselves commentating on a real or imaginary game onto YouTube with the heading “My application to become a commentator for World Chess. After that do an accompanying CV with a link to the YouTube video and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some friendly advice
We would like to give some advice: Please do not rely heavily on Engine analysis when going through a game or get carried away with the analysis. Mix it up with some anecdotes and other interesting information as you give your commentary to give it some life and colour. You have to be able to break down what an engine says into something that the lay man can understand.