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Millionaire Chess Links With Chess.com

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 7/25/14, 4:53 PM.

The world's first million-dollar open chess tournament will take place October 9-13, 2014 in Las Vegas, USA, and Chess.com will be a part of it.

In a recent agreement between the two organizations, Millionaire Chess is now working with Chess.com, LLC. The Web site will be offering a registration promotion and will be giving out prizes at the event itself. If you sign up using the "Chesscom" team code, you'll be given a 6-month subscription to the Master's Bulletin completely free.

(image courtesy MauriceAshley.com)

Here's what you need to know:

  • The early entry fee of $1,000 U.S. expires on July 31, 2014. After that it will be $1,500 and then rise to $2,000 after October 8, 2014.
  • If you register for the event before September 14, 2014, use the promotional code 032 or "Chesscom" (either one will work).
  • After you register with that code, send an email to mike@chess.com and let him know that you are playing in the tournament.
  • Your 6-month subscription to the Master's Bulletin (or 6-month extension) will begin after you compete. (Your first issue will be October 2014.)

"Chess.com is really excited to work with with Millionaire Chess," said IM Danny Rensch, Chess.com Vice-President of Content and Professional Operations. "We're just as excited to give away free issues of the Master's Bulletin. I might even show up and play myself."

Why might a chess player attend? Besides being a part of the record-breaking event, first prize in the open section is $100,000. In other "under" sections, first place will garner $40,000.

After sparse entries early on, the organizers passed the "go/no-go" date and decided to carry on. Top players and amateurs are starting to trickle in -- there are now 200 entries, including 13 GMs. Likely both of those numbers will rise rapidly as the early registration discount comes to a close at the end of July.

Organizers GM Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee have stated that they hope to get more than 1,000 players to compete. Ashley was also the organizer of an open tournament in 2005 that offered $500,000 in prizes (a record at the time). The prize money for Millionaire Chess is guaranteed.

GM Maurice Ashley, mimicking GM Hikaru Nakamura while commentating at the 2013 Sinquefield Cup

Ashley is trying to showcase the event with other "red carpet" treatments like limo rides from the airport, a premium hotel, and special prizes like trips to Belize and Hawaii. There will also be a literal red carpet.

Chess.com will be offering various prizes during the tournament weekend, including free premium memberships, t-shirts, hats and jackets.

In addition, Chess.com will be broadcasting coverage of the tournament at Chess.com/TV.

Ashley in front of the host hotel, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort and Casino (image courtesy MauriceAshley.com)

Here's some additional information from the organizers on various technologies and bounties for beating top players.

You can register via this direct link. Make sure to enter "032" or "Chesscom" in the bottom-right box labeled "Team Number or Team Name."

You may also wish to join the Millionaire Chess Group on Chess.com.

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  • 8 weeks ago

    NM Petrosianic

    ...  said IM Danny Rensch, Chess.com Vice-President of Content and Professional Operations. "We're just as excited to give away free issues of the Master's Bulletin. I might even show up and play myself."


    Play Danny, Play!  Innocent  I will be playing... already signed up with another group.

  • 8 weeks ago

    P_G_M

    I believe it is sad to see that GM, IM and NM around the world are not supporting this event that has the potential to change the future of professional chess.

    I also found very disapointing that IM Danny Rensch has not already register to play in this tournament, how does he expects to motivate people to register if he has not register and most probably will not register. Unbelievable.

  • 8 weeks ago

    Anubhav_2000

    yeah and thats the reason many people dont want to, or just cant participate init, luvrug. 200 participants so far means only 200k received so far out of a million dollars price and other expenditures. this is just to make the game of chess more popular and paying, which might also motivate many new players to it as well. however, speaking abt the business, the organizers are going to lose about a million dollars, maybe more unfortunately.

  • 8 weeks ago

    Luvrug

    I'm sure this will bring lot of interest to the game of chess. Makes a change from boxing and poker taking centre stage in LV. I'd have loved to give it a go myself but unfotunately cannot justify throwing 1,000's of $$ away playing really really poor chess!! I can do that on here for free!! Hope it is a success good luck to all who play!

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