Ashley offers more incentives at HB Global tourney

HB Global Chess Challenge
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Maurice Ashley, Generation Chess


May 2005 Minneapolis event, with its $500,000 prize fund, will also feature a trophy for the "Best College Chess Team," with funds for scholarships and chess groups

Explaining that astute chess players can now reap some substantial savings, Grandmaster
Maurice Ashley has unveiled a series of innovations that can yield savings on entry fees for the HB Global Chess Challenge, as well as a new honor for the most accomplished college teams.

The May 18-22 tournament, expected to attract some 4,000 players, is sure to draw many of those competitive people who belong to chess clubs or are on school teams, said Ashley, the tourney organizer. "The HB Global Chess Challenge will give any club or team registering at least five players one free additional entry, for a total of six players," he said. "Clubs can use the free entry any way they wish, whether to reduce the cost of entry for all team members or to give a free ride to a selected individual."

"Each day I'm hearing from another grandmaster saying they wouldn't miss this event for the world."

This savings is in addition to the "register with a friend" policy, which can produce an entry fee of $295. Each player can get $50 off the $345 entry fee when they register with a friend.

Brian Molohon, the executive director of the HB Foundation, which is sponsoring the tournament, said: "These offers, which make participation in this richest ever open tournament even more affordable, are a recognition that chess is more and more becoming a social or group activity, where people who love chess band together."

The May 2005 tourney is attracting wide interest in the chess world, said organizer Ashley. "Each day I'm hearing from another grandmaster saying they wouldn't miss this event for the world."

The new collegiate trophy also is expected to stimulate great enthusiasm and activity on campuses around the globe. "I think college players are going to welcome this opportunity to show just how good the level of play is at their school. There is no better place to display your talents and abilities than at the HB Global Chess Challenge," Ashley said.

The collegiate trophy will go to the school with four players whose total score is higher than the top four players of any other institution participating. "This could be the start of a whole new collegiate rivalry, with schools vying for the honor each year," Ashley said.

The HB Global Chess Challenge will be held at the spacious Minneapolis Convention Center and is expected to draw more competitors than ever before for any open chess tourney.

The impressive cash prizes, including the first place award of $50,000 in the Open section, are sure to draw many of the world's best players, together with a broad array of nonprofessionals. There will be 56 cash winners in the Open section, with most of the other sections giving away up to 50 cash prizes, including first place prizes of $20,000.

The HB Global Chess Challenge, which has been endorsed by the U.S. Chess Federation and the Association of Chess Professionals, is sponsored by the Minneapolis-based HB Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that promotes the cognitive and academic benefits that children and youth gain from learning and playing chess.

This biggest ever chess tourney will have multiple side events, including lectures, simultaneous exhibitions, autograph signings by leading GMs, live game analysis of the top boards, musical entertainment, silent and live auctions, drawings, and gift memberships in the U.S. Chess Federation.

GM Maurice Ashley

Those who wish to get more information or to register are urged to go to the HB Foundation website,, or for info,, or to contact the Call Center at 205-941-4448 or 1-800-964-2448. For more information about the activities of the HB Foundation, call 651-209-3067.

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