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Magnus Carlsen and ICC to help GM Dusan Popovic

a fundraising simul will take place on ICC on August 11 (updated!)

Magnus Carlsen and ICC community are organizing a fundraising simul at the Internet Chess Club to help Serbian GM Dusan Popovic in need of urgent medical treatment.

Excerpt from ICC newsletter:

In spite of his busy schedule, Magnus Carlsen has agreed to host a 30-board simul on ICC on August 11, starting at 14:00pm ET, to help a fellow player in need. Details will be coming soon on how you can bid on eBay to play in the simul, and also how you can play here in a qualifier on ICC for a few chekels to win a spot in the simul. You will also be able to donate a small sum to help the cause. For those playing in the simul, we will have lots of special “thank you” chess prizes. Watch this space – and please give generously!

More about GM Dusan Popovic

You can PLAY! You can HELP!

Internet Chess Club is offering on eBay 18 seats to play in the simultaneous exhibition with Super-Grandmaster Carlsen. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play whom many believe will soon become the world #1 and world champion – and at the same time help towards a good cause. Twelve seats will be sold in a Dutch Auction, and six seats are offered in this listing at a fixed price. To view the auctions, go to:

The six people who donate $500 each for these special fixed-price seats will receive a two-year subscription (or two-year renewal) to ICC; a downloadable copy of the latest version of Junior, the three-time world champion chess engine; and a one-year subscription to the world’s leading chess magazine, New In Chess – for a total value of about $250!

Your winning bid will earn a seat to play Super Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen on ICC. The time control will be 90 minutes with a 5 second increment. Seats will only be available to players under the rating of 2200 and they will play with the black pieces.

Notes: All payments must be made by PayPal or credit card within 24 hours of the close of the auction in order to allow time to properly prepare for this event. You need not be an ICC member in order to participate; you will receive instructions via email upon payment.

ICC members can also pay a modest sum of 5 chekels (or donate more) to play in two large online qualifiers (Saturday, 9 August, 5pm ET and Sunday, 10 August, 4pm ET) with the two winners – and the player with the highest accumulated score from both qualifiers – winning through to play in the Magnus Carlsen simultaneous.

Please remember that ALL 100% of the proceeds raised will go directly to GM Dusan Popovic’s medical fund for his kidney transplant – please give generously to his cause.

The Magnus Carlsen Simultaneous takes place Monday, August 11th with matches beginning at 2pm U.S. Eastern Daylight Time (7pm GMT).

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