Archive for the 'Millionaire Chess' Category

The Millionaire Chess organization has released a press release announcing that there would not be a tournament in 2017, but there are possibilities for future events. Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee cited lack of sponsorship as the prime reason and appealed to the chess community for assistance in finding support. Amy Lee working hard to […]

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GM Maurice Ashley on the red carpet.Photo by David Llada The last few weeks have been a bit melancholy for Millionaire Chess fans. In an interview with The Chess Drum, GM Maurice Ashley reflected on the tournament, the challenges and the triumphs. The tournament encouraged a vigorous debate and introduced a number of innovations that […]

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GM Maurice Ashley GM Maurice Ashley was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame back in April and thus a culmination to the decades of service rendered to the worldwide chess community. Known to the world primarily as a commentator, Ashley had dabbled in the organization realm by successfully hosting the HB Global in […]

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Drum Interviews @ Millionaire Chess Open #3 One of the most gratifying assignments in covering chess events are the interviews of various personalities. The Millionaire Chess Open attracts players from around the world and the diversity was apparent in all sections. In the under-2200, there were a number of interesting personalities and one of them […]

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Maurice Ashley presents winner’s check (US$30,000) to GM Dariusz Swiercz.Photo by Daaim Shabazz With the Isle of Man is full swing and American Olympians such as Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So playing, Sam Shankland and a number of junior stars were left to defend home turf. It was an unfortunate conflict of schedule […]

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One of the most unique features of the Millionaire Chess Open is the qualifiers for Millionaire Monday. The final round of the preliminaries will determine who advances to the championship round of each section. However, today features some spellbinding playoffs as a result of several people will tie scores. The playoffs were round robin with […]

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Things are tightening as we go into Millionaire Monday. The Open Section was a bloodletting with a number of decisive games. There is currently a seven-way tie for first with GMs Baskaran Adhiban (IND), Rauf Mamedov (AZE), Jeffery Xiong (USA), Gawain Jones (ENG), Emilio Cordova (PER), Dariusz Swiercz (POL) and Jianchao Zhou (CHN) leading on […]

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The good news is that Amy Lee had successful surgery and was released from the hospital. Her Facebook update showed that she received an outpouring of support and love and the tournament hall will be glad to see her at the beginning of the 5th round. Favorites are still holding sway in the tournament. As […]

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MC3 is underway as 400 entrants began the festivities at Harrah’s Resort at Atlantic City. This edition of Millionaire Chess Open had all the familiar themes from the previous two editions… the purple accents, beautiful facility and people dressed to impressed. There was one thing missing from the hall … Amy Lee. The Chess Drum […]

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Millionaire Chess #3 is finally here. More than 400 players have registered for the latest edition in another premier tournament. As we move toward the end of 2016, the chess community has had a big year and looks to close on a high note. Maurice Ashley officially opens the latest of the MC tournaments today […]

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GM Maurice Ashley has had an eventful year with the Grand Chess Tour (U.S., France, Belgium), the Millionaire Chess African tour (Kenya, Madagascar and South Africa) and the Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. From his posts on Facebook it was clear that the Brooklyn-based Grandmaster had developed a new vision. Then… less than a month […]

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Harrah’s Resort (Atlantic City, New Jersey) In less than a month Millionaire Chess will host their third edition of the high stakes chess tournament in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This new venue and lower entry fee hopes to give access to players who are located where the majority of the chess players are located and […]

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Young guns…FM Daniel Anwuli & Omishakin Praise Akinloluwa All photos by Boyo Paul Kehinde Lagos, Nigeria hosted the second MC satellite tournament with the defending champion IM Bunmi Olape attempting to defend his title. Nigeria is a country of 175 million inhabitants brimming with intellectual talent comparable to any country. However, a complicated past creates […]

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Zambian IM Daniel Jere won the Millionaire Open Satellite in thrilling fashion.All photos by Reint Dykema (Facebook) Zambia has long lived in the shadow of African chess powers, but they have repeatedly produced players of great talent. GM Amon Simutowe of Ndola, Zambia, is one of the greatest talents ever produced in Africa. However, chances […]

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GM Maurice Ashley’s excitement was effusive as he posted several comments on Facebook recounting his experience in Kenya. Ashley had spent days touring the schools in Kenya with a type of passion that only he could bring. With trips to Imara Daima Academy, Mwanzo Academy, St. George’s School in Nairobi, Ashley inspired hundreds of schoolchildren […]

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Four-time U.S. Champion GM Hikaru Nakamura won MC2 in exciting fashion.Will MC3 bring more spills and thrills?Photo by Daaim Shabazz. * * * ALERT!! The May 31st deadline is fast approaching! At least 50 people have already signed up for Millionaire Chess 3. Avoid the last-minute rush and sign up before the entry fee increases […]

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The time is here! Millionaire Chess has opened registration and mere hours after opening, there were 13 signings. Millionaire Chess VIP Jones Murphy was was the very first registrant followed closely by Robert Beatty. The first Grandmasters to sign up were Ioan Cristian Chirila (Romania) and Niclas Huschenbeth (Germany). Last year, MC#2 reached 50-50 status […]

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MC3 is beginning to ramp up its media machine as the revamped format is in full blast. The registration will begin on April 1st. Excitement for the new format has been bolstered by recent announcement by the MC team on changes in the format. One change that has been already announced is the reduced prize […]

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On March 1st, the announcement will be made on MC3 format and registration process. The prize structure has been changed dramatically and the lower price point will perhaps attract larger numbers. The location will be Atlantic City and is in closer proximity to the mass of chess players in the Midwest, Southeast and along the […]

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Today the Millionaire Chess organization has announced the third edition of the high-stakes tournament. The first two editions have been successful in building a powerful brand and supporters have been waiting for the announcement. Sponsors have been hard to come by, but with the World Championship coming to the U.S. combined with the boom in […]

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Nearly three weeks after the Millionaire Chess Open ended, there has been suspense when and where the third edition will be. Amy Lee revealed in her recent reflections piece and the challenges faced by the MC franchise. In addition, she sent out a survey looking at the feasibility of a third addition. One of the […]

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Dear Chess Community, Amy Lee has released her reflections putting in perspective the state of Millionaire Chess (MC) after its second event. In general, the event got a good response, but admittedly there were a number of problems that surface. In her candid reflections piece, Amy provides a look at her thoughts on the event, […]

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Drum Interviews @ Millionaire Chess Open #2 The second Millionaire Chess Open is in the record books and it was even more eventful than the first. Accented by a marquee lineup of players, the tournament lived up to its billing as the brightest stars shone in the end. While Hikaru Nakamura won in the end, […]

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A stunning venue for Millionaire Monday… …designed by Eric Lee, award-winning designer… and Amy Lee’s brother! FM Sunil Weeramantry and NM Kris Littlejohn have an interest in a particular player. Having eliminated Wesley So on his own, Hikaru Nakamura was the favorite going into Millionaire Monday. Dominique Myers (right) also looks on. Photos by Daaim […]

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Controversy grips final round! It all started off normally and then… …a three-fold occurrence happens at move nine! Luke McShane sits pondering the situation… …while Hikaru Nakamura paces the floor waiting on the ruling. What would a tournament be without a good controversy? Well… the Millionaire Chess Open had a few including a touch-move incident, […]

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