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Millionaire Chess Links With Chess.com

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 25.07.14 16:53.

The world's first million-dollar open chess tournament will take place October 9-13, 2014 in Las Vegas, USA, and Chess.com will be a part of it.

In a recent agreement between the two organizations, Millionaire Chess is now working with Chess.com, LLC. The Web site will be offering a registration promotion and will be giving out prizes at the event itself. If you sign up using the "Chesscom" team code, you'll be given a 6-month subscription to the Master's Bulletin completely free.

(image courtesy MauriceAshley.com)

Here's what you need to know:

  • The early entry fee of $1,000 U.S. expires on July 31, 2014. After that it will be $1,500 and then rise to $2,000 after October 8, 2014.
  • If you register for the event before September 14, 2014, use the promotional code 032 or "Chesscom" (either one will work).
  • After you register with that code, send an email to mike@chess.com and let him know that you are playing in the tournament.
  • Your 6-month subscription to the Master's Bulletin (or 6-month extension) will begin after you compete. (Your first issue will be October 2014.)

"Chess.com is really excited to work with with Millionaire Chess," said IM Danny Rensch, Chess.com Vice-President of Content and Professional Operations. "We're just as excited to give away free issues of the Master's Bulletin. I might even show up and play myself."

Why might a chess player attend? Besides being a part of the record-breaking event, first prize in the open section is $100,000. In other "under" sections, first place will garner $40,000.

After sparse entries early on, the organizers passed the "go/no-go" date and decided to carry on. Top players and amateurs are starting to trickle in -- there are now 200 entries, including 13 GMs. Likely both of those numbers will rise rapidly as the early registration discount comes to a close at the end of July.

Organizers GM Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee have stated that they hope to get more than 1,000 players to compete. Ashley was also the organizer of an open tournament in 2005 that offered $500,000 in prizes (a record at the time). The prize money for Millionaire Chess is guaranteed.

GM Maurice Ashley, mimicking GM Hikaru Nakamura while commentating at the 2013 Sinquefield Cup

Ashley is trying to showcase the event with other "red carpet" treatments like limo rides from the airport, a premium hotel, and special prizes like trips to Belize and Hawaii. There will also be a literal red carpet.

Chess.com will be offering various prizes during the tournament weekend, including free premium memberships, t-shirts, hats and jackets.

In addition, Chess.com will be broadcasting coverage of the tournament at Chess.com/TV.

Ashley in front of the host hotel, Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort and Casino (image courtesy MauriceAshley.com)

Here's some additional information from the organizers on various technologies and bounties for beating top players.

You can register via this direct link. Make sure to enter "032" or "Chesscom" in the bottom-right box labeled "Team Number or Team Name."

You may also wish to join the Millionaire Chess Group on Chess.com.

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  • vor 5 Monate


    congrats Wesley!!!!

    you're such a money maker and a brilliant chess player.

  • vor 6 Monate


    I have been a member here for years but did not see this page and signed up for millionaire chess without the promo code. How do I sign up for the chess.com prizes that will be given at the tourney, are they for everyone or just chess.com members?

  • vor 8 Monate


    As is typically the case, those with no vision sit on the sidelines and mock those who dare to break from the herd and pursue their vision. "It's not going to work", "It's too expensive...blah, blah, blah". Just shut your hole and enjoy the safety of the herd.

  • vor 8 Monate

    NM dottosen

    A master told me long ago he played tourneys for one of two reasons - to get a good challenge, or to have a chance to win a good prize. I feel like this tourney should give everyone a chance to do one or the other.  

    I tend towards the former, registered in the open section (currently ranked last!). Good luck to me!

  • vor 8 Monate


    I don't mind spending $1,000 to learn chess but I cannot get myself to pay that much just to play.

    Never underestimate the power of vested interest.

  • vor 8 Monate


    Seems over budget for such an ambitious event. They must plan on making more money from "official bookies".

  • vor 8 Monate


    Nice chess event.Amy Lee is beautiful and talented!!

  • vor 8 Monate


    kinda upsetting for them to hv 200 registered. i guess long ago they mentioned they expect 3k lol

  • vor 8 Monate


    I don't believe in million dollar tournaments nor in self-made millionaires who retire at 38... I still get here by clicking my favourite "Chessvibes" and would really like to know if Peter Doggers believes in this kind of business.
    For me it's just another form of savage capitalism, not my cup of tea.
    I'm disappointed... 

  • vor 8 Monate


    This is a very cool event. Unfortunately chess is no game of chance like poker so it can't possibly have the same widespread appeal as the World Series of Poker has. But nevertheless I hope it grows the popularity of chess and it a great success.

  • vor 8 Monate


    Capitalism at its best: but why also in chess? leave chess alone. Screw this "promotion" BS, it's a money-fueled event and you all know that. No one cares for chess promotion. Not even the mighty Kasparov, but sadly you cannot talk about these things because it's not "politically correct".

  • vor 8 Monate


    Garry Kasparov for FIDE president.

  • vor 8 Monate


    Wonderful event for chess and chess players! Chess is the world's best kept secret...gotta change that!

  • vor 8 Monate


    true spikestars

  • vor 8 Monate


    If Carlsen plays, he wins all :P

  • vor 8 Monate


    Way too expensive. Chess is chess, even at the one-day, three-round Swiss tournaments. This does nothing to promote chess.

  • vor 8 Monate


    Amy Lee

    amy-millionaire-chessAmy Lee exemplifies the expression “go big or go home.” A self-made millionaire, Amy has spent her career pursuing business opportunities that captivate her attention. She 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 deciding to retire at the age of 38.

    Passionate about tackling new challenges, she instantly saw an opportunity in the Millionaire Chess Open and decided to “unretire” to take it on as her first project after travelling the world with her son for two years. Through her longtime friend Maurice Ashley, Amy saw the potential to bring chess into the mainstream eye, raising the game to a completely new level.

  • vor 8 Monate


    Maybe I'm silly but I just know one Amy Lee (the singer from Evanescence)

  • vor 8 Monate


    I hope they get more participants as this is a great way to promote chess. But honestly, I think the entry fee is too high for most people. With such events and such entry fees, it is almost necessary to have participants such as Carlsen, Anand, Aronian, and Kramnik who also give lectures after the tournament is over. That would make the $1,000 worth it.

    I don't mind spending $1,000 to learn chess but I cannot get myself to pay that much just to play.

  • vor 8 Monate


    GM,IM,NM for God sake support chess.com as you know in nowadays world only the power of mony can do many things.I personally learned alot from chess.com ,mainly both chess and english,and also culture of different countries,psychological lessons,socological lessons,learn how to control my anger,and so on.actually chess.com had some problems which along these years solved them.please continue supporting chess.com great mans in the world as your job has changed my life so much that I can confess if I did not know and worked with it along these years I did not feel I exist in this world and surely I could not write for you masters.love you,God bless you.thake care.

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