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GP SHARJAH 2014 

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – FINAL RANKING

Final Ranking crosstable after 11 Rounds Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts.…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – HOU YIFAN AND JU WENJUN ARE THE WINNERS OF GRAND PRIX IN SHARJAH

Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan became the winners of the 6th stage of the FIDE Women’s Grand…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – ROUND 10: LEADERS KEEP THEIR POSITIONS

After the tenth round of the Women’s Grand Prix in Sharjah Ju Wenjun keeps leading. She…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – ROUND 9: HOU YIFAN WINS GRAND PRIX SERIES, JU WENJUN TAKES LEAD

After the end of 9th rounds it it became official - Hou Yifan has won the FIDE Women…

GRAND PRIX SHARJAH 2014 – ROUND 8: SAME LEADERS AT THE TOP

The central game of the eighth round between Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan finished in a draw…

OLYMPIAD 2014 

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - FINAL RANKING

Final Ranking after 11 Rounds - Open Rk. SNo Team Team Games + = - TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 1 7…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 11

Board Pairings - Open Round 11 on 2014/08/14 at 11:00 Bo. 15 Poland (POL) Rtg - 7 China…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 10 INTERIM REPORT: LAWYERS & POLITICIANS

Tromsø had two not-quite chess events in focus today - the 9 a.m. hearing at the local…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - TROMSØ OLYMPIAD ORGANIZERS VS. RUSSIAN CHESS FEDERATION

The RCF sued the organizers for USD 200,000 for legal expenses connected to the dispute…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - TROMSØ’S AMAZING VOLUNTEER HOSTESS

Countless Norwegian and international volunteers are giving their all during the Chess…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 10 PREVIEW: PENULTIMATE CHANCE

Sometimes the pairings system throws up oddities during big team events, but in the…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - ROUND 9: FRAYING NERVES?

Signs of accumulating fatigue or shaky nerves could be seen as Round 9 of the 2014 Chess…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - RD 9 INTERIM REPORT: ELECTION FOCUS

Today's play would have a hard time living up to the energy and excitement levels…

41ST OLYMPIAD TROMSO 2014 - BLITZ ON THE WAVES

The side tournaments in blitz during the 2014 Chess Olympiad move around the city of…

GP LOPOTA 

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA 2014 - FINAL RANKING

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA 2014 Lopota, Telavi, Georgia /June 18 - July 2 Final Ranking crosstable…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA.- ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END

Even though Hou Yifan's tournament win has been predicable for quite a while and…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA.- D-DAY

The outside weather didn't improve for the tenth round and the players start displaying…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA - LIGHTNING BOLT

You may recognize the nickname of the world's fastest sprinter - Usain Bolt. In this…

GRAND PRIX LOPOTA - WHERE MAMA MEANS FATHER

After it became clear that I couldn't attend all the activities planned for the second…

64 SECONDS WITH AMY LEE, THE WOMAN BEHIND MILLIONAIRE CHESS

Susan Polgar, Chairperson of FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM), interviewed Amy Lee, the woman behind Millionaire Chess, an instant success with the chess community.


- Thank you, Amy, for taking time from your busy schedule for 64 seconds with us. Everyone knows that you are the financial backer behind Millionaire Chess. But few know more than that. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

It is complicated :) I am Chinese, born in Vietnam, raised in Canada, and I have been living there since I was 8 years old.

My family, just like hundreds of thousands of others, is one of those who escaped the devastation in South Vietnam in the mid 70’s. We risked our lives, gave up everything we owned, to seek a new beginning. By the time we arrived in Canada after a 3-year harrowing journey, my family had nothing left. We started everything from scratch in Canada in 1979.

Amy Lee 

With nothing in a brand new country, and in spite of having to learn a new language and culture, I had to start working at age 10 to help out my family. I know what it is to work hard. This experience has made me who I am today.

I became a passionate and enthusiastic entrepreneur. Over the years, I developed a keen sense for spotting the right opportunity in business. I built one of the first dollar store franchise chains in Vancouver, BC, and found success in high-end real estate development, banking, and restaurant management, all before I decided to retire at the age of 38.

- That is impressive. You are a Chess Mom with no serious involvement with the chess world before. Why did you decide to organize Millionaire Chess?

My children play chess. This was how I was introduced to the chess world. I became a believer in the benefits of chess. But in spite of chess being one of the most popular sports in the world, the potential is not even close to being fully realized. This is why I want to help brand chess to a bigger worldwide community. After all, I was told there are over 600 million people who play chess around the world, and this number is growing bigger every year.

Amy Lee and Maurice Ashley 

How did the 1st Millionaire Chess tournament go? Will the chess world see the 2nd edition and beyond?

The 1st edition of Millionaire Chess went very well. I am thankful for the support of the chess community. As a newbie, I learned a lot about the chess world. I met so many wonderful people who gave me important feedback.

Yes, Millionaire Chess II is already launched and I am very excited about it. I want to make it bigger and even better. I am very passionate about helping chess grow in the mainstream, and I am working very hard to make this happen.

Amy Lee with Webster University Chess Team 

- How do you plan to combat cheating and sandbagging, which can be problematic in big money events worldwide?

Yes, I realize that this is a problem. Anytime there is a lot of money on the line, it is expected. I take this issue very seriously. That is why we, as an organization, installed many strong measures to combat the problems. I want to give all players a fair chance to battle for $1 million. You can find out more about the prize structure, very strict tournament policies, rating rules and much more here https://millionairechess.com.

Any words for the worldwide chess community?

Thank you very much for your support. I am working very hard to bring a memorable experience for all players. I am fully committed to make every little detail right. Please check us out. I personally invite all of you to take part in this historic event. I would love to meet each one of you in Las Vegas in October.

Amy Lee being interviewed 

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