What's New On ChessKid? Hour of Chess Kickoff!
IM-elect and ChessKid contributor Carissa Yip makes a stunning comeback in the Cairns Cup!

What's New On ChessKid? Hour of Chess Kickoff!

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The #CairnsCup

February has run its course with some incredible happenings occurring in the ChessKid orbit this month, not the least of which was Carissa Yip's jaw-dropping performance in the Cairns Cup. Carissa is a longtime ChessKid contributor (check out her articles and videos on the site).

Naturally, we were rooting for her! Although Yip started the event with four straight losses, the 16-year-old prodigy quickly flipped the script with three wins and two draws in the final five rounds, ultimately defeating Women's World Champion GM Ju Wenjun.

Not sure if the Chess.com hoodie is a good omen but you can get it here if you're superstitious like Carissa!

Hour of Chess Week: It's Finally Here!

Yesterday marked the beginning of one of our favorite national holidays, Hour of Chess Week! Our sixth rendition of the event is running February 24th-28th, and we're hoping this will be the biggest rendition yet. This past fall we had more than 150 schools participated; this time, we're shooting for more than 200! 

How It Works

  • When: Schools pick any hour 8 a.m.-5 p.m. local time during the chosen week
  • Where: School. Kids can use any device to play Fast Chess or Solve Puzzles, (teacher or coach's decision which one) for one hour. Existing ChessKid users can now also choose to host a live tournament in their online club!
  • PrizesAll schools that signed up with their planned time of participation will be registered in a drawing to win one year free of ChessKid Gold Membership access for every kid in their school. 
  • Social Media Competition: In addition, ChessKid will give away three more prize packages of 20 gold memberships chosen from among all programs (school or homeschool) who share a photo of their chess class and tag ChessKidcom on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! 
We will share and promote the best photos and announce the three winners to each receive 20 gold membership packages!

Gearing Up for the Australia Fundraiser

ChessKid's very own FunMasterMike was lucky enough to be the invited guest at the 2020 Australian Junior Chess Championships in the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia, where he met with more than 300 of the country's most talented ChessKids. After his January journey to the land down under, we promised we would return and fundraise to help offset the devastating impact of this year's forest fires. On Saturday, March 21 we will be hosting a live Beat FunMasterMike episode/fundraiser from Chess.com/TV. It will be 9AM in QLD (Queensland) and 10AM in NSW (New South Wales). 

FunMasterMike's new friend in Australia. Help us save the Koalas!

Last but not least, happy belated Valentine's Day to all the chess lovers out there