Newsletter #44: MC Satellite Event in Africa & One-time Registration Discount

May 18, 2015, 1:14 PM |

Satellite Event in Africa

I (Amy) was in Nairobi which is the capital city of Kenya for a total of 4 days. The purpose of my trip was to do an appearance for the first Millionaire Chess satellite tournament. Showcasing the diversity in the world of chess is something that MC prides itself on.  I feel proud to help promote chess in a place that clearly needs it.  My heart was moved to be there to witness the event and to be part of the movement.  

Ugandan wins Millionaires Chess Championship

Ugandan wins Millionaire Chess Championship
Video corrections: The sponsoring company is Millionaire Chess NOT Chess Millionaire.  The winner of the Millionaire Chess Tournament does not get 1M.  The total payout is 1M.

Africa is a hidden jewel!  I know I will surely be back here to explore the many other countries in this vast continent.

Before arriving, I had heard a lot of negative things about this continent, but after being here to experience life here myself, I realized that the perception about Africa is that the news that we hear/read is so much different from the reality. Sure, as with any country or continent, there are a lot of things that could be improved.  For example, unemployment rate in Kenya increased to 40 percent in 2011 from 12.70 percent in 2006. Because the minimum wage here is $135 USD/month, many Africans live a very simple life, almost down to the basics, sometimes, not even. Yet, the people I met were friendly and they seemed to be happy. This reality really leaves one to question the relationship between wealth and happiness...Read more about the satellite event, the places I visited and things I learned here.


Outside of the Kenyatta International Conference Centre

The playing hall inside the Kenyatta International Conference Centre

Amy with young local chess players

Amy playing blitz with Graham Jurgensen

Press conference: Amy Lee of Millionaire Chess (center) sitting at the head of the table with Githinji Hinga (Chairman of Chess Kenya), Graham Jurgensen (Executive Director of Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa), Satish Deshpande (Tournament Director & CEO of Chess Kenya), Harold Wanyama (winner of the Millionaire Chess Satellite - Kenya).  Photo by Kim Bhari

FIDE Master Harold Wanyama of Uganda is the winner of the MC Satellite Tournament held in Kenya.

All winners of the satellite event

Thank you to Graham and Githinji whom were amazing hosts! 

Registration discount!

With so many people reaching out to us about missing the $1,000 deadline, MC has decided to offer a discount on the current registration fee of $1,250. For the weekend of May 29-31, the entry fee will be dropped to the reduced price of $1,099. This will be a one-time offer that will not be repeated, so tell your chess playing friends about this awesome opportunity. Spread the word!

Warmest regards,

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