Charity Cup, a UNICEF fundraiser, kicks off Saturday

by ChessBase
3/18/2022 – The second event on the 2022 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, the Charity Cup, will focus on raising funds for UNICEF to support children and their families within or fleeing Ukraine. Besides Magnus Carlsen, Ding Liren, Richard Rapport and women’s world champion Ju Wenjun are among the participants from twelve different countries, with no Russian players involved.

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Magnus Carlsen tops the field

Press release by the Play Magnus Group

Meltwater Champions Chess Tour 2022World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen tops the field for the Charity Cup, the second event on the 2022 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The online chess tournament, starting Saturday March 19th, is taking place under the shadow of Russia’s war in Ukraine, and will focus on raising funds for UNICEF to support children and their families within or fleeing Ukraine. Ding Liren, Richard Rapport and Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun are among participants from 12 countries, with no Russian players involved.

The first event on the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, the Airthings Masters, was in full flow when Russia began a new invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, throwing the world into turmoil. Four Russian players were playing and were able to complete the event, with Ian Nepomniachtchi, who immediately expressed his dismay at the outbreak of war, reaching the final.

For the second event on the tour the decision was taken to focus on the humanitarian situation, by renaming the event and organising it as a fundraiser for UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, that is providing life-saving support for children and their families in and around Ukraine.

Andreas Thome, CEO of Play Magnus Group, said:

As a global organisation serving millions of chess fans around the world, we are humbled to be in a position to organise our upcoming tournament, the Charity Cup, as a fundraiser for UNICEF to support their vital humanitarian activities in and around Ukraine.


You can already donate to UNICEF using the following link:

https://www.unicef.no/stott/privat/donasjon/chess-tournament

UNICEF, Ukraine


The players

The decision not to include Russian players, and an overlap with the final FIDE Grand Prix, has enabled new players to be invited to the Charity Cup. Just seven players who played in the Airthings Masters, including Magnus Carlsen, world no. 3 Ding Liren and Jan-Krzysztof Duda (a late replacement for Radek Wojtaszek) also play in the Charity Cup, with Belgrade FIDE Grand Prix winner Richard Rapport making his Tour debut.

There are also Meltwater Champions Chess Tour debuts for Czech no. 1 David Navara and China’s Lei Tingjie, who is joined by Ju Wenjun.

16-year-old Praggnanandhaa will again be the youngest player, after famously defeating Magnus Carlsen in the Airthings Masters. He’ll be joined by his Indian compatriots Vidit and Harikrishna.

Canadian streamer Eric Hansen, who surprised most observers by reaching the knockout stages in the Airthings Masters, gets another chance to show he can compete with the best.

Charity Chess Cup 2022

Schedule

The Charity Cup starts at 18:00 CET (13:00 ET, 17:00 UTC, 22:30 IST) on Saturday, March 19th and once again features four days of Preliminaries, where the 16 players will play each other once on chess24 at 15+10 rapid chess before the Top 8 go forward to the Knockout stages.

The Knockout feature 4-game matches, one each for the quarterfinals and semi-finals, and two such matches for the final. If still tied, there are two 5+3 blitz games followed, if needed, by an Armageddon game, where White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4, but Black only needs a draw.

  • March 19-22: Round-robin (4 rounds per day)
  • March 23: Quarterfinals
  • March 24: Semifinals
  • March 25-26: Finals

Charity Chess Cup 2022


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arzi arzi 3/22/2022 01:51
News:"A declaration of war is a state announcement to another state of the onset of hostilities, or a state of war. According to the Geneva Convention, a declaration of war must be made before the war begins. Until World War II, the principles of the declaration of war have been followed, but since then declarations of war have been very rare. Russia has used a completely new name for it, which is a special operation. Russia has not recognized it as a war at all.
Why has no war been declared? It pursues and mitigates Russia's own political goals. It is their own behavior related to the information war, which is intended to give a different picture of the situation to the citizens of the country. The war has not been declared now because it is Putin's own tactics related to the information war, so it has not been done."

Great, this is just a SPECIAL OPERATION in Ukraine, not a war. I feel now much better.
arzi arzi 3/22/2022 12:05
Lajosarpad:"As about discriminating Russians for being Russians, I disagree with that idea and I hope you also disagree with that. I hope that you have meant that for the time being we do not display Russian flags for Russian players. Is it safe to say that you agree with my disagreement with the discrimination of Russians?"

No, you have made a mistake. Not because discriminating Russians for being Russians. That is your statement, not mine. I wrote:"Still, I`m for the boycott of the players represented by Russia. Represented by itself, as an individual player, there is no need for boycott." Did you make this mistake on purpose or accidentally?

Lajosarpad:"Can I assume that you agree with me that it is very sad to see Russians being poked in several cases in the West, discriminated for their origin?"

I agree with you, but also it is very sad to see ANY people being poked in Earth, not just in the west. Also in the east, in Hungary, USA, in Africa, in everywhere.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 3/22/2022 11:41
@arzi Your comment earlier contained the following:

"For example here in chessbase where we are writing also about the war in Ukraine I haven´t noticed Anti-Russian discrimination but Anti-Putin discrimination."

since you expressed that you did not notice something, I pointed out that nevertheless the phenomenon existed, even though you did not notice. I do not expect, nor assume that you read everything, this is why, with pure goodwilling, I have pointed out about a content type here that you did not notice.

As about discriminating Russians for being Russians, I disagree with that idea and I hope you also disagree with that. I hope that you have meant that for the time being we do not display Russian flags for Russian players. Is it safe to say that you agree with my disagreement with the discrimination of Russians?

Also, my comment was about a more general type of discrimination. I have linked an article which describes this phenomenon, a Russian chef is particularly worthy of notice, who obviously opposes this war and feels ashamed because of it and dedicates a ratio of his profits for the people in distress due to the war, yet, he still gets threats and insults for being a Russian. Can I assume that you agree with me that it is very sad to see Russians being poked in several cases in the West, discriminated for their origin?
arzi arzi 3/21/2022 11:00
Lajosarpad:" If you did not see those comments or do not remember them, then you can consult recent articles and see that there were quite a few such opinions."

You may be surprised, but I don't read all the texts, not even yours. Still, I`m for the boycott of the players represented by Russia. Represented by itself, as an individual player, there is no need for boycott. If the player represent the nation he also represent it´s politic even though player himself is against nation`s politic, silently. He just is too afraid of to admits it aloud, in public. That is why in the team competitions Russia should be boycotted, prevented to play, it protect players who don´t want to play in a team but are too scared to refuse to not play.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 3/21/2022 10:37
@arzi I said that "anti-Russian discrimination has started in the West". I maintain that statement. A discrimination that has just started is not necessarily present in every corner of the West. Hungary or Finland did not join this mass-hysteria so far, but this mass-hysteria nevertheless exists.

I'm in agreement with criticizing Putin, but I disagree with the discrimination against Russians. There were quite a few people who advocated to avoid inviting Russian players to tournaments and to boycott them, some people even called me an FSB agent or a war criminal for speaking up against possible discrimination against Russians. If you did not see those comments or do not remember them, then you can consult recent articles and see that there were quite a few such opinions.
arzi arzi 3/21/2022 09:21
Lajosarpad:"Anti-Russian discrimination has started in the West. Russians are being compelled to form a certain opinion about their country and if they fail to do so, or they are not convincing-enough while doing so, then they get fired."

You should not generalize. Or do you include Hungary also in the west? At least in Finland I haven´t noticed that "Anti-Russian discrimination", which you just mentioned. Somehow people from Russia have come to Finland in great numbers during the war in Ukraine. Why, if they are discriminated against in the West? I think Finland is a part of the West, don´t you think? For example here in chessbase where we are writing also about the war in Ukraine I haven´t noticed Anti-Russian discrimination but Anti-Putin discrimination. Is it same thing?
lajosarpad lajosarpad 3/20/2022 02:17
Anti-Russian discrimination has started in the West. Russians are being compelled to form a certain opinion about their country and if they fail to do so, or they are not convincing-enough while doing so, then they get fired. Anti-Russian hysteria resulted in open discrimination against Russians or even beating them: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/03/07/antirussian-hate-putin-europe/

The Jews of the 21st century are the Russians, who, being collectively blamed for the actions of the leader of the country of their origin are being oppressed or even persecuted as we speak.

The equivalent for book burning already happens in terms of censorship.

If we don't return to normality and blame only the perpetrators of the crimes rather than civilians of a nationality, then we will see lynch mobs, pogroms or even genocide against them. Even chess players on this forum argue for considering Russians collectively guilty and responsible for what Putin did. My conscience is clear: when all this madness disappears, if we manage to survive this without a nuclear holocaust, then I will be able to tell the new generation that I stood by the innocent Ukrainian and Russian civilians.
Aighearach Aighearach 3/20/2022 05:39
You can shout and call names, but it will be generations before Russia is accepted back into the international community. They are a larger North Korea now.

Don't waste your anger on a single chess tournament, save it for the Olympiads, the Summer Olympics, the World Cup, international shipping, etc.

Right now they're fighting over sugar in Moscow. It is like at the start of the lockdowns when Americans were hoarding toilet paper; they're fighting over who gets to the hoard the most sugar. But sugar is not a meal. There will be bread lines soon enough.

If there are chess players with Russian passports who want to travel the world and play in chess tournaments, perhaps they should consider emigration? As human beings nobody is opposed to them at all, most of them would be welcomed almost anywhere. But as Russians? If they're Russian they have a more important task at hand; securing the necessary freedom even just to avoid being complicit in crimes against humanity. Perhaps they think they're not involved. Either their country was hijacked, and they have a duty to take it back, or they're complicit.
Mamack1 Mamack1 3/19/2022 08:47
Is that the Fox News that has consistently been pro-Putin?
jose urbina jose urbina 3/19/2022 08:09
It seems some people get their history lessons from Fox news. Just repeating the lessons of the master. Chess is a sport that unite people, leave politics out.
northwolf northwolf 3/19/2022 05:40
nobody talks or direct attcak against usa britain.france or other countryies in politics issues..
we should never connect chess and politics in one way or another.we should love both russia and ukraine. and other nations peoples..chess must be different matter and manner..
northwolf northwolf 3/19/2022 05:35
what a shame for chess.why we all over the world use country flags.charity cups name must be racism cup.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Somewhat Experienced Somewhat Experienced 3/19/2022 01:55
"Discriminates people by nationality"???
Do you live in la-la land?
Putin has always enjoyed a massive majority support amongst Russians - all these little, vodka-gulping people who think they are great by belonging to a vast, threatening empire based on extortion and mass murder. And it has been like that for a very long time! Empress Catherine the Great owned 500.000 serfs... hasn't changed fundamentally, has it? Need money for more luxury goods or an increased military force? Assault a neighbouring country.
From this point of view it was good to exclude Russian players - why should they have a cosy life and fight for glory when their very own country wants to annihilate a peaceful, independent nation?
lajosarpad lajosarpad 3/19/2022 11:33
@WildKid I fully agree. This tournament is obviously a nice initiative towards those who have difficulties in an attacked country. Too bad that it discriminates people by nationality.
WildKid WildKid 3/19/2022 05:10
I don't think it was necessary to exclude Russian players. Most of them are strongly opposed the war and sympathize with Ukraine.. And more controversially: even if they do support the war (e.g. Karyakin), if they want to play and help Ukrainian refugees, I think we should let them.
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