On Sunday the 1st of December Halifax Chess Club are organising a blitz tournament to support victims of the typhoon Haiyan which has caused devastation in the Philippines recently.
Of course our friend Darwin Ursal (who played for Hebden Bridge ‘A’ a couple of seasons ago) hails from the Philippines and is the leading light behind this tournament. He told us,
I wanted to do something to help my compatriots and a charity chess tournament seemed like the obvious way for me to do that. The entry fee is £10 and all proceeds will be donated to charities providing relief to those in need. Our target is to recruit 100 players to the event in order to raise £1,000 in a single afternoon.”
Halifax Chess Club’s home venue, the Lee Mount Club, have kindly made their premises available free of charge and a number of companies have generously donated cash and products for what will be a fabulous prize fund. Although the tournament will have just one section there will be grading prizes available as well as prizes for juniors. In short, there’s plenty to play for so you’d better have a damned good excuse not to enter this tournament!
The competition will comprise 9 rounds with players each receiving 10 minutes for all their moves. The action begins at 12noon but make sure you arrive in plenty of time to pay your entry fee which will be collected on the day.
The online entry form and full details of the event can be found right here on this site so please go and register in advance to help the organisers prepare for the first round draw and help us to spread the word about this brilliant event. It isn’t very often that chess players have such a worthwhile excuse for spending a Sunday afternoon playing the game so don’t pass this guilt-edged opportunity up!
Any pre-event enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org