Keeping COVID-19 in Check: Keuchel Brothers Raise Money for Vital Food Banks

Three young chess-playing coaches and brothers from Cleveland, Ohio have been working to support food banks and hospitals to help mitigate food insecurity and medical stresses caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Connor Keuchel, National Candidate Master (Wash U in Saint Louis), Brennen Keuchel, National Candidate Master (Vanderbilt U), and Destynn Keuchel, National Master (Hawken School) all have a passion for playing and teaching chess. To use their chess talents for good, they have been providing one-hour online chess lessons for each $40 donated to their fundraiser, “Keep COIVD-19 in Check”. By the two-week mark, they raised a total of $2348.50 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals. With the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, they have already exceeded their goal of $1900, providing enough funding for nearly 8,000 meals, and moving on to a higher goal. With the success of their local fundraiser, they have decided to expand their fundraising efforts to the national organization, Feeding America. Starting their new fundraiser on April 24, 2020, they are adding a “GM/IM/WGM of the Week” feature, where the individual with the highest donation of the week wins a complimentary one-hour online lesson with the titled player. The first featured player to volunteer is Grandmaster Aleksandr Lenderman. Find more details on their fundraising page linked below. If you would like to schedule a lesson, please forward your donation confirmation emails to keepcovid19incheck@gmail.com. Also, please email if you are interested in volunteering as a “GM/IM/WGM of the Week”, or if you have any questions or suggestions.
Destynn told US Chess:
For an organization built to help people and a cause in critical need, we believe this is an amazing opportunity to represent what the chess community is capable of doing. Thank you so much for your support as we make our move to help keep COVID-19 in check!
Find out more about the drive here.

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