Sign Up Now To Play In The World’s First Millionaire Chess Open

Players are signing up now to play in the Millionaire Chess Open, the highest-stakes open chess tournament in history. The tournament will be held October 9-13, 2014 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This chess tournament boasts a guaranteed prize fund of $1,000,000.

The open section pays through 50 places with first place receiving $100,000.

The Millionaire Chess Open is different from any other open chess tournament in history and not just because of large amount of guaranteed money. The first seven rounds of every section (time control is 40/2 and G/30) will be qualifying rounds to determine who plays in the finals on Millionaire Monday. Four finalists will move on to play two knock-out rounds to determine who wins the top prize. The last two rounds of the Open section will also be played on Millionaire Monday to determine who wins 5th place and under as well as to give players a chance to acquire norms. In the other sections, the tournament will be officially over by Sunday night, October 12 for players who did not make it to Millionaire Monday.

You can go to Millionaire to sign up now. Players signing up by July 31, 2014 will pay $1,000, those players signing up between August 1 and October 8 will pay $1,500 and those signing up on October 9 through 3:30 p.m. on October 10, 2014 (when the registration closes) will pay a $2,000 entry fee. The following discounts are being offered: Register with a group of 10-24 players and get a 10% discount and register with a group of 25+ and get a 12% discount.

New Summer HBO series, Bobby Fischer Against The World

For individuals following the world of chess, you already undoubtedly know the story of Bobby Fischer. For those who are not regular followers of the chess world, you may be wondering what ever happened to him.

From a child genius and chess prodigy to a world phenomenon, Fischer had more exposure in his formative years than some members of the royal family have in six decades of life.

Fischer’s departure from chess was questionable, as he was undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest players. But his withdrawal from society, trouble with the law as well as his reclusive, bitter nature was simply bizarre.

Debuting in June, HBO will air the documentary, Bobby Fischer Against the World, telling Fischer’s story and what it was like to be so young, so talented, yet so seemingly needed by the world at large. Against the World, was directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus. So many are eager to watch the documentary because Liz’s films are real and unapologetic.

Fischer was a genius and history teaches us that the brilliant mind is often the most tormented among us. That certainly never gained Fischer any sympathy. Most would love a good portion of Bobby’s intellect and chess-playing ability. But the truth of the matter is that the human mind is all-powerful and its destructive forces seem exponentially stronger in those we list as gifted.

Chess is a brutal game on the mind and spirit. In the chess community, Fischer will always be revered. Making his true story public this June is a good move for HBO that may enlighten chess players and Fischer fans around the globe.