COVID Simul Checkmate Raises Over $ 50,000 For India


Simultaneous exhibits on Chess.com with top Indian players to support COVID relief in India have raised more than $ 50,000. All proceeds go to RedCross India and Checkmate COVID initiative of the All India Chess Federation (AICF).

On Thursday, GM Viswanathan Anand, along with GMs Koneru Humpy, Harika Dronavalli, Nihal Sarin and Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu performed simulations on Chess.com against a total of 105 players.

To participate, all 100 opponents had to have a standard Chess.com or FIDE rating of less than 2000 and they had to donate at least $ 25 during the entry process or $ 150 to take on former World Champion Anand. (There was a 24-hour preliminary event in the arena last Saturday where the top-ranked Indian player won a free seat to face Anand.)

With IM Danny Rensch and Samay Raina as hosts during the live broadcast (after playing a mini adoption match), the show was a big hit with more donations along the way.

VShess.com had promised to match all donations up to a total of $ 10,000, but during the broadcast IM Levy Rozman and the CEO of Chess.com @erik also donated $ 10,000.

“It’s horrible what’s going on over there,” Rozman said. “I want people to beat this disease and never have to worry about it again. But the most important thing for me personally is the fact that I feel like people who are chess makers, who have had success last year and did not suffer from Covid or if loved ones were sick we somehow have to give back. ”

The time control for the games was 30 minutes with a 30 second increment with the Grandmasters having an extra 15 minutes on their clock. As you might expect, GMs won with high scores, but only GM Praggnanandhaa managed to win all of their matches.

All the games

“Were facing some kind of national struggle,” Anand said. “It varies from state to state, but it’s extremely critical right now. Hopefully this will be a resource for the chess community. Some of us have had Covid and now I’m hoping that ‘they at least have someone to call and contact. “

“The circumstances are such that we have to do something to contribute to the chess community,” Koneru said. “I hope we can do beyond that in the near future. I would also like to think of Chess.com for taking the initiative and raising funds. It’s definitely a great cause and in the coming days. , it’s going to save many lives in the country. “

India is one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, having rrecorded more than 250,000 deaths due to Covid. The actual death toll could be higher as testing capacity remains limited. For those of you who would still like to contribute to this great cause, you can donate here or click the button below.



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