Following the successful implementation of the Singapore vs Kazakhstan Friendly Age Group battle (FIDE article and this article), American Grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi contacted the #ChessAgainstCovid charity drive initiator, Grandmaster Kevin Goh of Singapore, to discuss and plan a Singapore vs New York City friendly match.
The purpose of the match is to exchange chess ideas between Singapore and New York City as well as to establish friendly ties with one of the oldest and most famous chess clubs in the world, New York City’s Marshall Chess Club. Additionally, this match is also organised to encourage all spectators and chess lovers to contribute to charity and help others who are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. Professor Noah Chasin, the President of the Marshall Chess Club, and GM Kevin Goh have since each put together a 36 player-strong team which is likely to have 9 Grandmasters and 9 International Mastera taking part.
• Date/Time: The International Online Chess Challenge will be held on the chess24 server on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 10.15pm Singapore time / 10.15am New York time. The players will play two games (alternate colors) with 15 minutes per player and a 10 seconds increment on each move.
• Participants: Each country will have 2 Veteran Players, 7 Men, 5 Boys U20, 5 Boys U15, 5 Boys U12 as well as 3 Women, 3 Girls U20, 3 Girls U15 and 3 Girls U12 boards (total 36 boards).
• Live commentary: The highly popular chess server chess24.com has kindly agreed to host the event on their site with Grandmaster Pascal Charbonneau, GM Daniel Fernandez formerly of Singapore and Woman Grandmaster Sabina-Francesca Foisor providing live commentary of the matches as well as to discuss the #ChessAgainstCovid’s charity efforts and The Marshall Chess Club’s rich chess heritage.
Donation: Thanks to this effort, Singaporean chess enthusiasts Mr Zhang Changjie of Theme International Trading SPC, Mr Lim See Wah of Ocean Health Pte Ltd, Mr Joshua Lim and an anonymous donor have generously donated a total of SGD 18,000 to Lakeside Family Services, a Singapore based charity which helps families severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
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