July was a very busy month for Millionaire Chess. In keeping with our vision to turn our tournament into a global franchise, we were pleased to once again showcase 3 Dream Maker events in Africa. The first one, held in Kenya, was won by CM Wachania Wachira, who came out on top in a rapid playoffs that thrilled the crowd in attendance. The event had a different flavor from last year as it was restricted to players rated below 2000 to give the lower rated players an opportunity to win as well.
A jubilant Candidate Master Wachania Wachira (right) is congratulated on winning the Kenya MC Dream Maker event.
The following week saw two more Dream Maker events running virtually concurrently. International Master Oladapu Adu took the title on native soil in Lagos, Nigeria, and IM Daniel Jere of Zambia overcame the local favorites to win The Redpath Mining Millionaire Dream Maker event in Johannesburg, South Africa. The three winners were all awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Atlantic City to battle it out for the top prizes at MC 3. Many thanks to the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa for their kind sponsorship in helping to make the dreams of these chess players come true.
International Master Oladapo Adu is congratulated for taking the top honors in the Nigerian MC Dream Maker event.
Maurice Ashley congratulates Daniel Jere, the winner of the MC Dream Maker event in Johannesburg.
There are a little over two months to go before MC 3. So far, 285 participants have planned ahead and registered for the event. We are expecting to see over 1,000 players eventually sign up to play. With two deadlines now gone by, the next critical one is coming up at the end of the month. After that, it will be a quick sprint to MC3 in October. The time to plan is now!
The EFs are as follows from now until October 5:
Up to August 31, 2016 the EF = $574
Up to September 30, 2016 EF = $599
Up to October 5, 2016 at 12 noon EDT = $649
Transport from Philadelphia to Atlantic City
Given the distance of the Philadelphia airport to Atlantic City, we have decided to provide our players with a convenient option to get to the playing site. At a cost of just $30 per passenger, players can ride a bus in comfort directly to Harrah’s, the host hotel. A bus will leave on Wednesday and Thursday from Philadelphia Airport to Atlantic City in the evenings. If you are interested in this alternative, please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. These spots will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. The deadline to make your booking isSept. 15. Please note that the bus service is available subject to enough players showing interest.
Maurice tours Africa
While July was a busy month for MC, it was even more hectic for Grandmaster Maurice Ashley who covered a serious amount of mileage in just three weeks. Over the course of 22 days, Maurice took 10 planes covering 23,452 miles, saw 3 countries (Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar), and managed to make a bunch of new friends in the process. He visited the two Dream Maker events held in Kenya and South Africa and also found time to meet with kids wherever he went. He was well received by all and came back even more inspired to continue his mission of promoting chess in the US and around the world.
Maurice Ashley speaking to the students of St. George's School in Nairobi.
Madagascar Exhibition event
Maurice rounded off his African tour with a trip to Antananarivo, Madagascar where he played FIDE Master Fy Rakotomaharo (2435 ELO) in a 4 game exhibition match held in. Fy prevailed to win the overall encounter by winning the two rapid games while the players split the 2 blitz games. The match shaped up as a close fight pitting youth and match fitness versus guile and experience. Maurice came away very impressed by the young Malagasy talent and predicts that the 17 year-old Fy, who currently holds two IM norms, will one day claim the GM title.
Amy and Maurice