The #3 article in Best of CLO 2018 is Robert Hess on Charity Chess: $56,000 Raised by GM Robert Hess.
Judges praised Robert’s detailed account of the second Charity Chess Champs, which benefited ovarian cancer research. Among the attendees was World Championship candidate Fabiano Caruana, and Robert vividly described his gracious visit.
Fabiano, Marc, and I go way back. We are separated in age by under a year and we all grew up in New York City. In 2017 Fabiano was unable to attend the Charity Chess Championship, though he provided autographed boards. What a difference a year makes. In 2018, a year in which he scored the biggest triumph of his chess career by winning the Candidates, Fabiano made an afternoon appearance. He was in the middle of a brief stay in New York before heading to Norway Chess (which he won!). In fact, his flight was that very evening, yet here he was in front of a starstruck audience. For any teachers reading this, you want to know the best way to get students to line up silently in a single file? Bring in the idol of every kid in attendance.
Fabiano had only agreed to take part in a special match for charity, but the world’s second-highest-rated player is as kind-hearted as they come. He signed dozens of autographs and took photos with anyone and everyone who asked.
The third edition of the Charity Chess Champs will be held on Sunday, June 2nd in New York City and will benefit Pancreatic Cancer research.
It is so awesome to see high profile players in the chess community come together for this type of charity event. Hopefully this article will help inspire other organizations to see the value of using chess to raise funds and bring awareness to their causes. Knowing how much effort goes into arranging special events, it was especially nice to see Hess pay homage to those both in the forefront and behind the scenes that made this event a success. – Jennifer Vallens
Lots of narrative, good annotation and an interesting inclusion of games-Joshua Anderson
This brilliantly written story takes the reader into the Charity Chess event and even across the board from the World Championship challenger Caruana. Competitive games brought together many youngsters and even a few old-timers, all in the name of collecting donations for the fight against ovarian cancer. While the author’s self-deprecating humor (apparently best served with a cold slice of pizza) contributed to the reading pleasure, the annotated games and multiple personal angles bring this article to life. At the end, the reader regrets missing out on this exciting day of chess.-Michael “f-pawn” Aigner
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