The International Online Blitz chess tournament organised by Chess Kerala has put forward Rs 4 lakh for the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The checkmate Covid-19 Blitz Open was organised to raise funds for Kerala’s battle against coronavirus was won by Grandmaster SL Narayana.
Narayana Tweeted on his social media that “Ah what a lovely event Checkmate Covid 19 was. Glad I could win it. But the best part is we all managed to chip in for a good cause. Thanks, @ChessKerala @ChessbaseIndia for the initiative, the entire proceeds will go to @CMOKerala Distress Relief Fund. Let’s fight this together”.
He got a prize money of Rs. 12,000 while Commonwealth champion Abhijeet is the first runner up and earned Rs 8000 as his prize money.
Both players decided to donate the prize money to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
British Chess champion and FIDE Vice President Nigel Short, also participated and said he is happy to help in the fight against COVID-19.
“It’s a small move, really, but glad to be of help in the fight against Covid-19 in #Kerala, India,” he tweeted.
Apart from India, in this tournament 429 players from countries took part including Russia, USA, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, England, Czech Republic, Germany, Egypt and Algeria.
A total of 34 GMs and 30 IMs joined in the event. With the 8.5 points, both IM Terry Renato of Peru and Indian IM Ravi Teja attained the third and fourth positions respectively while the position 5th to 10th goes to Indian GMs Arjun Erigaisi, Vaibhav Suri, Puranik Abhimanyu, Nihal Sarin, Raunak Sadhwani and RR Laxman with eight points each.