Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Sea Chess Tournament

When:

7 Nov, 2020

Where:

Virtual
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About

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.

Saturday, November 7th, 9:00 AM PST 

With Commentary from GM Sahaj Grover and WIM Charlize van Zyl

GM Sahaj Grover

Winner of the South African Open (2017-2018)

WIM Charlize van Zyl

2-Time Olympiad Participant

Prizes for winners!

Including private and group lessons from world renowned Grandmasters, including International Grandmaster Ilya Smririn

IGM Ilya Smririn

Formerly ranked 13th Highest in the World, Winner of World Open (2014 and 2015)

Details

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 & 2015. All funds raised during this event will go towards supporting the Monterey Bay Sanctuary’s BayNet, Team OCEAN, and Whale Disentanglement programs.

After purchasing your tickets, you must create an account on Chess.com (if you do not already have one). We will then send you an invitation to our club. 

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

Sponsorship options are available; contact harrisonrossmacdonald@gmail.com.

About The Hosts

GM Sahaj Grover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahaj Grover is a chess Grandmaster from Delhi, India. He won the Under-10 World Youth Chess Championship in 2005 and came in third in the Under-20 World Junior Chess Championship in 2011. He also won the South African Open in 2017 and 2018.

“I am a private coach as well as a national one (having coached the SA team for the online Olympiad 2020). My email address is sahajgrover@gmail.com.”

GM Sahaj Grover will be donating 2 lessons to the 1st place winner of the 5 Rounds, G3 + 2 Blitz Open Division, as well as hosting a Simultaneous Exhibition!

WIM Charlize van Zyl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlize van Zyl is a Woman International Master from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Her noteworthy performances in past tournaments have earned her spot in the Olympiad team through the SA Grand Prix system, which will be her second Olympiad in 2021.

“I am a scholastic, provincial, and private coach. You can reach me at charlizievz@gmail.com.

WIM Charlize van Zyl will be donating 3 lessons as prizes for the 1st place winner of the 5 Rounds, G3 + 2 Blitz U1500 Division!

Win lessons from:

GM Sahaj Grover

WIM Charlize van Zyl

IGM Ilya Smirin

NM Gjon Feinstein

IGM Ilya Smirin

IGM (International Grandmaster) Ilya Smirin has a rating of 2614. His highest rating was 2702 – the 13th highest in the world (2002). He has been the winner of a number of strong tournaments, including the New York Open (2000) and World Open (2014 and 2015), Los Angeles (2000), and Las Vegas (1997), among others. He was a participant of the “Russia vs. Rest of the World” (2002) match, playing on the “Rest of the World” team, who were victorious in the match. 

“Recently started to work as a coach. I would love to help players to reach a higher level. I like complex, dynamic chess and may help you to get better in all aspects. You can contact me by email: ismiri@hotmail.com

IGM Ilya Smirin will be donating 2 group lessons as prizes to the top 3 placing contestants of the 5 Rounds, G15 Rapid Open and U1500 Divisions!

National Master (NM) Gjon Feinstein

Gjon Feinstein earned his USCF National Chess Master Title in 1984. He reached a rating high of 2348 and is currently rated 2249. Gjon has taught chess full time in the schools since 1995 and as a library volunteer since 2001. He has led various scholastic chess teams to first place victories in Central California Scholastic Chess Championships. 

In this period of COVID-19 and sheltering in place, Gjon teaches group classes and private lessons online. There he emphasizes the importance of developing an effective internal dialogue to help guide students through all their decision making. 

You can contact Gjon Feinstein by email at: samuraichess@gmail.com or by phone at: 831-425-7835. 

About The Foundation

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is a treasured place in America’s ocean. It provides a home to 36 species of marine mammals, more than 180 species of seabirds and shorebirds, and at least 525 species of fish. The MBNMS Foundation is dedicated to protecting the long-term health of the Monterey Bay area for two million residents spread across the five counties adjacent to the Sanctuary, as well as the millions of tourists who visit the region every year. Donations to the Foundation go to benefit the Sanctuary’s wildlife disturbance docent programs, BayNet, Team OCEAN, and the Whale Disentanglement team, as well as to research projects. All donations are greatly appreciated!        

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Questions?

Contact us at harrisonrossmacdonald@gmail.com or mason.kelly.seachess@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns!