Bengaluru, Apr 27: The Karnataka government Youth Empowerment and Sports Department will conduct an online chess tournament on May 2 and 3 to raise funds to battle COVID-19 pandemic.
The tournament is being organised in association with United Karnataka Chess Association and Bengaluru-based Mobile Premier League (MPL), a mobile gaming platform.
The tournament will be held on the MPL app and all proceeds from the tournament (after accounting for prize money) will be donated to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for Karnataka with respect to Covid-19. The Total prize money is Rs 10 lakh and the winner carries a purse of Rs 1 lakh.
Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports CT Ravi said, “In these challenging times, it is essential that we remain strong and united. Today our common enemy is the coronavirus. It has taken away the lives of few and disrupted the livelihood of many. Through chess we can all come together on the weekend of May 2 and 3, contribute for a good cause and raise money which will be donated to the CM Relief Fund.”
R Hanumantha, secretary for the United Karnataka Chess Association, said, “We will mobilise the chess community in Karnataka and other states to ensure this becomes a way to demonstrate solidarity and resilience.”