The time is here! The widely-anticipated inaugural Millionaire Open is only a few days away. GM Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee have invested in the future of chess by organizing what will be a historic event! A $1,000,000 chess event has never been attempted and there will only be one FIRST event of such… this is it!
In past weeks, there has been a healthy debate on what the future of chess should look like. The MCO idea has started this discussion and while there was immense skepticism there are a number of key supporters both inside and outside the chess world. Will Smith, a long-time Ashley supporter and chess enthusiast, has given his support. The Chess Drum will be in Las Vegas providing coverage of the historic event.
While there are no top ten players competing, GM Wesley So of the Philippines will headline the event as the #14 player in the world. He will be joined by approximately 35 GMs seeking the $100,000 first prize. World #3 GM Veselin Topalov gave his endorsement during the Sinquefield Cup and many top GMs will be following the event with great interest. There are already exploratory plans for a second event.
Following are the top 21 players and their affiliation.
October 9th-13th, 2014 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
|3||Le Quang Liem||GM||Vietnam||
|14||Ehsan Ghaem Maghami||GM||Iran||
|17||Julio Catalino Sadorra||GM||Philippines||
CONTACT: MILLIONAIRE CHESS