ChessKerala to conduct Checkmate Covid-19 Fundraiser Online Blitz

Event supported by World Champion Viswanathan Anand! Nigel Short to participate!

Total Prize Fund Rs.52,000! First Prize Rs.12,000/-

The International Online Blitz Tournament sponsored by Chess Houseboat Kerala (Orient Chess Moves) & supported by Chessbase India will be held on 2nd May 2020 at Playchess server to raise funds for the Kerala Government’s fight against the Covid-19. Contributions will be donated to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund and Income Tax exempted

Our whole-hearted thanks to World Champion Viswanathan Anand for this wonderful message supporting us!

‘Chess Kerala’ will be conducting the charity event Checkmate Covid-19 International Online Chess Tournament with a prize amount of Rs.50,500/- and a first prize of Rs.12,000/- from08.00 PM on Saturday the 02nd May 2020, to raise funds for the Kerala Government’s fight against the Covid-19 virus in the state.Sponsored by Chess Houseboat Kerala (Orient Chess Moves), the 10 round Swiss event will be held at the Playchess portal of Chessbase under the time control of 3 minutes per player per game.

Welcome back to Kerala, GM Nigel Short! Our friend Nigel was one of the very first to enter the event!

The entire fund raised from this event will be donated to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, and official Income Tax exempted fund of the Kerala Government. Kerala has been in the forefront of fighting the pandemic through a strong public health system, clear risk communication and community participation and the whole world is lauding this small Indian state for its exemplary fight. However, the battle against the novel virus continues to be a challenge and the Government of Kerala needs all the helping hands it can to continue to fight the battle against the virus.

This will be an International open event in which anyone from any part of the globe can participate. The participants will contribute a minimum of Rs.250/- (€5 for foreigners), while any contribution on the higher side will be appreciated.

The entire event is a charity programme with all the contributions going to the Kerala Government’s official Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund. Participants who wish to have a proof of their donations will be provided with receipts from the Government of Kerala for Income Tax relief.

Chess Kerala wishes to contribute to the cause by conducting this online chess tournament with the co-operation of Chessbase India by conducting this event. Chess Kerala is an independent organisation of chess lovers, chess parents and organisers of Kerala, actively organising chess tournaments and events, coaching camps for children and arbiters seminars for the past many years. Chess Kerala was the only chess organisation which supported the flood relief work in the state in 2018 by raising a fund of Rs.1,38,500/- from the chess community and contributing it to the CMDRF. They attracted widespread attention with their Nigel Short’s Chess Talent Nurture programme in the recent past, before the Covid-19 has slowed down their passionate ambitions.

Orient Chess Moves created history by organising the first ever chess tourism event in India, the Chess Houseboat 2020 International Chess Tourism Tournament at the beginning of 2020. Chess and Tourism were harmoniously blended with an international chess tournament conducted on a floating houseboat, and in beachside and riverside resorts, providing the participants with the best of chess, sightseeing and cuisine.

We wholeheartedly request the chess community of India and abroad to generously contribute to this noble endeavour, to contribute to the cause of the state of Kerala to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prizes: (In Indian Rupees)

1₹12000
2₹8000
3₹5000
4₹4000
5₹3000
6₹2000
7₹1000
8₹1000
9₹1000
10₹1000
11₹500
12₹500
13₹500
14₹500
15₹500
16₹500
17₹500
18₹500
19₹500
20₹500

Best Women

1₹500
2₹500
3₹500

Rating Category prizes: 1201-1400

1₹500
2₹500
3₹500

Rating Category prizes: 1000-1200

1₹500
2₹500
3₹500

Best Under-12

1₹500
2₹500
3₹500

Best Under-18

1₹500
2₹500
3₹500

Best Kerala Players

1₹500
2₹500
3₹500

Standard Rating will be considered for Rating Category prizes, a player without a standard rating will be considered as an unrated player. To claim age group prizes, a player without a FIDE ID must present a valid age proof document.


Those chess lovers who will not be able to participate in the event are welcome to contribute to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund of the Government of Kerala by donating directly to our Bank Account:

A/c name: Chess Kerala

A/c No: 47062010000357

IFSC Code: SYNB0004706

MICR: 671025057

Bank: Syndicate Bank

Branch: Parappa Branch, Kasargode District, Kerala, India.

[Those who wish to have a proof of their donations towards the CMDRF will be provided with receipts from the Government of Kerala for Income Tax relief].

All the details of the event can be found at: https://chesskerala.chessbase.in/