Many top stars have joined a growing roster of titled players for May 30th's Blitzing for COVID event, blitz and rapid events on chess.com to benefit US Chess. Since our last article, Hall of Famer, Grandmaster John Fedorowicz, as well as American GMs Josh Friedel, Alejandro Ramirez and Cristian Chirila are joining the party. US Women's Champion Jennifer Yu is playing, as well as seven-time US Women's Champion Irina Krush, four-time champion IM Anna Zatonskih and our most recent Ladies Knight guest, IM Carissa Yip.
WFM Alexandra Botez, who recently broke 100,000 twitch followers during a US"> Chess Women fundraiser match will also be participating and supporting the event. The top seed of the event is former World Junior Champion, Grandmaster Jeffery Xiong, whose participation was announced in last week's article. Grab your chance to play amongst our top stars by donating $35 or more at this link, and then signing up for the chess.com club here.Be sure to include your chess.com name in the appropriate field on the donation link. Generously sponsored by AIE to benefit the US Chess Federation, the event will feature a $1700 prize fund including $400 in women’s prizes and $200 in best game prizes. Minimum donation is waived for Grandmasters. Schedule 1 PM EDT: Blitz Tournament (nine rounds of 3 minutes with 2 second increment) 3 PM EDT: Rapid Tournament (five rounds of 10 minutes with a 2 second increment) Prizes: Each event will feature $900 in prizes. BLITZ/RAPID 1st-3rd: $200/ $100/$50 Top U2200 $50 Top U2000 $50 Top U1500 $50 Top U1000 $50 Best Game: $100
The event will be streamed live on twitch with commentary from GM Daniel Naroditsky, WGM Jen Shahade and North Carolina K-8 State Champion Donald Johnson. Quick Links: General information: http://chess.aieducation.org/ Initial CLO announcement: https://new.uschess.org/news/blitzing-covid-fundraiser-us-chess-may-30th/ Donate/Register: https://new.uschess.org/give/blitzingcovid/ Chess.com Club join: https://www.chess.com/club/blitzing-covid List of Donors: http://chess.aieducation.org/DONOR.html Updated Titled Player Roster: http://chess.aieducation.org/Roster.html Twitch channel: twitch.tv/GMnaroditsky