Government of Karnataka and MPL to host online Chess Tournament to raise funds for COVID-19 relief

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Bangalore: The Karnataka Youth Empowerment and Sports Department, Government of Karnataka, is pleased to announce that it will be hosting an online Chess Tournament to raise funds for Covid-19 relief, in association with United Karnataka Chess Association (Affiliated to AICF, recognized by the Karnataka Government) and Bengaluru-based Mobile Premier League (MPL), one of India’s largest mobile gaming platforms.

The tournament will be held on May 2nd and 3rd, 2020, 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.

This online Chess tournament is open to everyone across India for an entry fee of Rs 50. The total prize pool for the tournament is Rs 10 lakh and the first prize consists of Rs 1 lakh. MPL currently has a userbase of over 40 million across the country and a huge number is expected to participate in the tournament.

Registration for the tournament is open on the MPL app. The app can be securely downloaded from MPL’s website- www.mpl.live.

Hon. Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports, Shri C.T Ravi said, “In these challenging times, it is essential that we remain strong and united. Today our common enemy is the Corona virus. 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 2nd and 3rd, contribute for a good cause and raise money which will be donated to the CM Relief Fund. I request the chess players of the nation to come forward and donate liberally to the cause in your own way and also challenge themselves to think, strategize and move and thereby checkmate Covid-19. Let’s fight Corona together. Department of Sports is supporting this unique cause to enable people to become mentally strong and also contribute to the CM Relief Fund as sports bring people together both in the physical world and online world.”

R Hanumantha, Secretary for the United Karnataka Chess Association said, “We are greatly appreciative of the work done by the Government and by MPL and for their cooperation on this matter. We will mobilize the chess community in Karnataka and other states to ensure this becomes a way to demonstrate solidarity and resilience.”

“We are humbled and honoured to be partnering with the Karnataka Government for such a noble cause. This is a time when the entire nation needs to come together and fight Covid-19. We are expecting participation in huge numbers and looking forward to the tournament,” said Sai Srinivas Kiran, Co-Founder and CEO, Mobile Premier League.