Next Tour stage dedicated to victims of Ukraine war

by ChessBase
3/15/2022 – The $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour will dedicate its next stage to fundraising for the victims of the war in Ukraine, it was announced today. The Charity Cup, starting March 19, will be the second leg of the world’s most prestigious elite online chess event.

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Meltwater Champions Chess Tour launches Charity Cup

PRESS RELEASE: 15/03/2022

  • A fundraiser for UNICEF
  • World Champion Magnus Carlsen heads line-up
  • Russian players not included for this event

As the eight-day event will take place under the shadow of a war that is affecting millions, including many members of the chess community, Play Magnus Group has decided to use it to raise money for UNICEF’s life-saving support for children and their families. 


Viewers will be able to donate here.

Andreas Thome, CEO 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.”However, for the first time in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour there will be no Russian players. Play Magnus Group believes that sports, and chess in particular, can play a significant role in offering unity by bringing people to the table, physically, virtually, and metaphorically.Still, based on the situation in Ukraine, after careful consideration the Tour has decided not to include any Russian players for the tournament starting on March 19. While the Charity Cup will be held to benefit UNICEF, it will be as competitive as ever with $120,000 to $150,000 at stake.Magnus Carlsen, the reigning World Champion, 2021 Tour Champion and winner of the first event of the 2022 Tour, will return along with a total of six national number 1s.The fascinating line-up also features Tour debutant and Hungary’s top star Richard Rapport, the winner of the recent FIDE Grand Prix and a player chess fans have been calling for.There will be two female players taking part - Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun returns along with debutant Lei Tingjie.Two other players making their first appearance on the Tour are the Czech number 1 David Navara and Poland’s number 2 Radoslaw Wojtaszek.The Englishman Gawain Jones and the exciting Dutchman Jorden van Foreest also return.India is represented strongly by Vidit GujrathiPentala Harikrishna and the teen sensation Praggnanandhaa.Eric Hansen and Hans Niemann, two players who put in strong performances in the Airthings Masters, return along with China’s number 1 Ding Liren and Vietnam’s Liem Quang Le. Spanish Champion David Anton completes the line-up.As normal, the preliminary stage  will be a round-robin event with $750 available to win for every game played, followed by a knock-out event for the top 8 players. Coverage will be provided by chess24 and available on Play Magnus Group channels and in several languages. In Norway, the event will be broadcast live on TV 2.Tune in at 17:00 UTC / 18:00 CET on March 19 for the start of the Charity Cup.

For further comments contact:Leon Watsonleon@championschesstour.comAbout the Meltwater Champions Chess TourThe Champions Chess Tour is the leading online chess Tour worldwide determining the world's best chess player over a full competitive season of online chess. The 2022 season begins in February 2022 and features monthly tournaments culminating in a Final in November 2022. The best chess players in the world are competing in rapid chess. All games take place online on with players competing for a total prize pool of over USD 1.5 million. For more information visit www.championschesstour.comAbout Play Magnus GroupPlay Magnus Group is a global leader in the chess industry focused on providing premier digital experiences for millions of chess players and students. The company offers e-learning and entertainment services via its market leading brands: chess24, Chessable, iChess, New In Chess, Everyman Chess, Silver Knights, Aimchess, the Play Magnus App Suite, and the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. The Group's mission is to grow chess to make the world a smarter place by encouraging more people to play, watch, study, and earn a living from chess. Play Magnus Group is listed on Euronext Growth Oslo under the ticker PMG.


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