Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Attention All Philanthropic Chess Enthusiasts!

Combine your love of chess with support for the Food Bank! We are pleased to announce that Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties has been selected as the beneficiary of a chess tournament hosted by Chess USA and! has found a way to leverage very small individual entrance fees from thousands of people into enormous cash prizes for the players/donors and also into significant contributions to Second Harvest Food Bank. Based on participation, the prize money can be more than 6 figures.

The entry fee is $2.00. You don't need a PayPal account to pay for this; you can pay with your credit or debit card as well. 
Click here to register at the site and optionally enter in the chess tournament.

First round pairing will be announced through the website and via your email on or about 2008-11-25 12:07:27. Then you will have 7 days to use the on-line scheduler to agree on a start time with your opponent. This process will be repeated about every 7 days for each round until the winners are declared. Conveniently, you can pick a different start time for each round!

This tournament is also an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for most players in an on-line tournament. If you enter the tournament and make at least one move in the first round, we will notify you when you can download a personalized certificate attesting to your part in this achievement if the record is set.

Please visit the Chess USA Second Harvest Tournament site to learn more.