Bengaluru: The Karnataka youth empowerment and sports department, government of Karnataka will be host an online chess tournament to raise funds for coronavirus (COVID-19) relief, in association with United Karnataka Chess Association and Bengaluru-based Mobile Premier League (MPL).

The tournament will be held on May 2 and 3 on the MPL app and all proceeds from the tournament (after accounting for  prize  money)  will be donated  to  the Karnataka chief minister’s relief fund.

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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 user base of over 40 million across the country and a huge number is expected to participate in the tournament.

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

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Karnataka minister for youth empowerment and sports, CT Ravi said, “In these challenging times, it is essential that we remain strong and united. Today our common enemy is the coronavirus. 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, strategise 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 mobilise 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.