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Sea Chess Charity Tournament

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GM Sahaj Grover & WIM Charlize van Zyl

About Sea Chess Charity Tournament

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is hosting its first online Sea Chess Charity Tournament to benefit conservation efforts of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. The event will feature two tournaments, with an additional Simultaneous Exhibition against Grandmaster (GM) Sahaj Grover. There will be a $15 admission fee for the 5 Rounds G15 Rapid event, and a $10 admission fee for the 5 Rounds G3 + 2 Blitz event. Alternatively, a $20 flat fee will get you admission to both tournament events. There will also be a separate $15 entrance fee for the Simultaneous Exhibition against GM Sahaj Grover. Prizes will be awarded for each of the different event types and will include chess lessons by Woman International Master (WIM) Charlize van Zyl, GM Sahaj Grover, National Master (NM) Gjon Feinstein, and International Grandmaster (IGM) Ilya Smirin. IGM Ilya Smirin was ranked 13th highest in the world and was the winner of the World Open Tournament in 2014 and 2015. All funds raised during this event will go towards supporting the Monterey Bay Sanctuary’s BayNet, Team OCEAN, and Whale Disentanglement programs.

Before purchasing your tickets, you must create an account on Chess.com. Upon checkout, you will be required to provide your Chess.com username. After you have purchased your ticket(s), we will send you an invitation to our club on Chess.com.

Live Commentary will be provided by GM Sahaj Grover and WIM Charlize van Zyl via Twitch

Tournament Types:
- 5 Rounds, G15 Rapid
- 5 Rounds, G3 + 2 Blitz
- Simultaneous G30 against GM Sahaj Grover

Sections:
- U1500
- Open

Prizes:
- 5 Rounds, G15 Rapid Open (for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place): 2 one-and-a-half-hour group lessons from IGM Ilya Smirin
- 5 Rounds, G30 Rapid U1500 (for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place): 2 one-and-a-half-hour group lessons from IGM Ilya Smirin
- 5 Rounds, G3 + 2 Blitz Open (for 1st place): 2 one-hour private lessons from GM Sahaj Grover
- 5 Rounds, G3 + 2 Blitz U1500 (for 1st place): 3 one-hour private lessons from WIM Charlize van Zyl
- 5 Rounds, G3 + 2 Blitz Open (for 2nd place): 1 one-hour private lesson from NM Gjon Feinstein
- 5 Rounds, G3 + 2 Blitz U1500 (for 2nd place): 1 one-hour private lesson from NM Gjon Feinstein
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