NFT collection: Moments of Genius

by ChessBase
12/21/2021 – ChessBase is launching a unique NFT series of the world chess champions, united with their iconic games and moves that have made history in their sublime beauty. Each NFT is authorized by the player himself. A font specially designed for this series allows historical portraits and private photographs to merge with the moves. Behind the notation, the key position of a very famous game appears in 3D ray tracing technology from ChessBase. Alternating with this is an intense portrait of the world champion from his active time. You can read. You can see. You can feel. The moment of genius. And you can now bid for them on Opensea.

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ChessBase is launching a unique NFT series of world chess champions, united with their iconic games and moves that have made history in their sublime beauty. For the first time, those high-quality NFTs have been personally authorised by the players themselves. We want to honour the world champions, as well as their families and descendants, with this collection. The main part of the auction proceeds will go to them.

Moments of Genius

The iconic games of the great minds of chess are dynamically presented in their international notation. A font specially designed for this series allows historical portraits and private photographs to merge with the moves. Behind the notation, the key position of the master's game appears in 3D ray tracing technology from ChessBase. Alternating with this is an intense portrait of the world champion from his active time. You can read. You can see. You can feel. The moment of genius. Click to enlarge:

Fourteen artworks are offered. Each Champion's artwork is a unique 1080 x 1080p GIF showing the notation of one of his most famous games, a photo of the Champion, and a ray traced 3D rendering of the key position. These are all authorized by the champion himself or his family. 

Example of the Steinitz NFT, shown here in 600x600 animated GIF. The 16 NFT can be downloaded by anyone, and printed out in high quality for wall decoration.

There is only one NFT per artwork. Each artwork is offered only as a single piece. The auction takes place on, a digital marketplace for NFTs. Payment is made with the cryptocurrency Etherium (ETH). To participate in the auction, you need an Ethereum wallet that you connect to OpenSea.

Bid now for ChessBase NFTs on Opensea

The publisher: ChessBase

ChessBase is a German chess media company whose chess software is now the worldwide standard for world champions, professionals and ambitious amateurs.

According to Vishy Anand, ChessBase  "has changed the chess world forever". The company operates an international chess server, a chess news platform and develops game-changing chess programs such as "Fritz", as well as award-winning educational programs for children. With access to the world's best players and coaches such as Garry Kasparov, Vishy Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Daniel King, Maurice Ashley, Peter Heine Nielsen and many more, ChessBase offers a wide range of video training courses that help to raise the sport of chess to a new level.

ChessBase GmbH employs 30 permanent staff, including a large team of software developers and many freelancers all over the world.

The artist: Carl Eriksson

The entire collection was designed by Carl Eriksson, a Swede who via art college in Wales, found the love of his life and his way to Hamburg, where he’s spent the last 15 years practising his craft on a number of exciting brands – including pretty much all the products in the ChessBase portfolio.

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jamysen jamysen 5/12/2022 03:48
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shivasundar shivasundar 1/3/2022 01:00

I will assume from your casual reply that it is Chessbase's official position that Kramnik was the "only" champion in 2000, if CB does not address my comment with the gravity it deserves.
baquet baquet 12/28/2021 02:41
Well, how come no mention at all of Kasparov??
shivasundar shivasundar 12/26/2021 09:14
Saturn23, I do not care to engage with people like you who are absolutely ignorant of chess history. Go read about the history, before talking about it - I have been following chess for over 25 years, so I know what I am talking about. Nobody is asking you about which title is relevant, in any case; let us leave it to the experts!
PoshakPathak PoshakPathak 12/25/2021 06:55
Now lichess remains as the only site not marketing these garbage scams.
"Expect the unexpected" is the funniest way of saying that maybe you'll get extra scammed
mw testing mw testing 12/23/2021 10:49
Hi Saturn23,

you are certainly right about the abundance of pump&dump, scams etc in the crypto market. It is a side effect of the rapid development, the greed, the huge volatility, the gold rush. The get-rich-quick-dreams are dangerous. However the underlying technical concepts are incredibly elegant in my opinion and have a real disruptive potential. My personal view about this:

1. Stay away if you are not fully at ease with the practical technical side (wallets, security, etc)!
2. Never spend money that you can't do without.
3. Do not invest in things that you do not really understand. It takes time to research things in the crypto space. Don't be greedy. Have patience. If in doubt, stay away.
4. About NFTs: Don't bid on them/ don't buy them, but simply enjoy the beauty, the creativity, the uniqueness of the new ideas. Everybody can do this for free.
5. If people tell you that NFTs are worthless, they usually try to scare away potential bidding competition :-)

Best, Matthias
saturn23 saturn23 12/22/2021 07:46
Hi Matthias,

My main concern is that the whole crypto (and NFT) space is largely unregulated. Scams, pump and dump schemes and all sorts of illegal activities are extremely common and out of control. There are studies that clearly show how the price of bitcoin has been manipulated. There's one particular study that shows how the price of bitcoin has been manipulated from $150 to about $1000.

Cryptos are supposed to be decentralized but everybody knows that they are controlled by a small number of big players. Why would you promote NFTs knowing that they are extremely risky and people might lose money?

I wish people could understand that by joining this "game" they only help the big players. They might make some money (they might also lose a lot of money) but the truth is that they are at the merci of the big players. It's simply a giant Ponzi scheme.
Matthias Matthias 12/22/2021 06:17
Hi guys,

don't worry whether NFT in this early stage of the market are fair value or not. NFTs are directed at a specific community of collectors well versed in the crypto space. For the rest of us, it is just nice art. If you visit a museum and enjoy paintings, you are also not interested in which collector bought which painting at what price. Just enjoy the visual aspects of the series.

About the dead champions: Spassky, Fischers widow, Karpov, Kramnik and Anand have authorized their NFTS.

Best, Matthias
saturn23 saturn23 12/22/2021 06:07
shivasundar Just stop! Anand won the Chess World Cup in 2000. Chess World Cup was just a FIDE tournament. It had nothing to do with the World Chess Championship. By your logic Sanan Sjugirov is the World Chess Champion because he won the World Chess Open in 2020.

For almost 150 year the title of World Chess Champion has been decided in matches (with two exceptions: one caused by the death of Alekhine and the second caused by the mess that chess got into because of Kasparov).

And NFTs are a scam.
amishhacker amishhacker 12/22/2021 02:50
Yeah, no thanks. NFTs are a scam.
RogarThalion RogarThalion 12/22/2021 02:28
Unfortunately, I guess today is not April 1st...

This is honestly really disappointing. But what can you do ? I mean, you're a company and at the end of the day you need to make money right ? Even I can understand that... That will be without me though.
shivasundar shivasundar 12/22/2021 09:12
I want to bring to your attention the fact that a glaring lapse and oversight has been committed by the NFT team that is working on the World Champion collection. Anand's 2000-2002 reign is not mentioned!

By acclamation by all experts, Anand is a "5 time World Champion" when we take into account classical time controls. The fact that the title was "split" is not his fault - he certainly did not cause it!! It would do even more justice, in fact, if you properly attributed to Anand the following additional titles:
1. World Rapid Champion - 2003, 2017
2. World Junior Champion 1988

If you added the fact that he won all 3 editions of the Leon Advanced Chess (unofficial) World Championships introduced by Kasparov to the above, some experts call him a "9 time World Champion".

(IN FACT, I do not know any other top player who has been either a Candidate or Champion almost continuously since the 1993-2016 cycles - almost 25 years!!)

Please sensitize a (probably young) team of the relevant facts. Very disappointing from Chessbase, did not expect this - not from you!

Oh, and 1 more thing: if the description in any way "diminishes" Anand's titles, then that would be unfair to him as well! It cannot be that "a certain other" player gets credit, while Anand doesn't.
Denix Denix 12/22/2021 08:37
This idea is very impressive.
notebook03 notebook03 12/22/2021 01:06
@Queenslander Indeed. So I wonder why the other earlier claim that they’ve been ‘personally authorised by the players themselves’? It's sloppily written.
Vidmar Vidmar 12/21/2021 11:16
Tal and Smyslov are out of order.
WillScarlett WillScarlett 12/21/2021 11:06
Wretched excess ... and ugly.
Queenslander Queenslander 12/21/2021 10:20
Notebook03: "... all authorized by the champion himself or his family."
Leavenfish Leavenfish 12/21/2021 07:51
How about...just consigning this stuff to the 'foolish bin'?
notebook03 notebook03 12/21/2021 07:43
"Each NFT is authorized by the player himself." 11 of the 14 are dead, so I'm sceptical on that claim.