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Play against GM P. Iniyan, Play for the Nation!

by Avathanshu Bhat - 13/05/2020

GM Iniyan P, 17 years old from India, World Youth Olympiad Gold medalist, Asian Sub-Junior Silver Medalist, Commonwealth U-14 and U-18 Gold Medalist and Indian National Sub-Junior Champion invites you to join his Marathon Chess Fundraising event for COVID-19! Play online against him and get your games analysed too! There are no restrictions on any location, age, rating or title and open for all to play. Participants and those who are not playing can donate to the fund raiser, and only a minimum of Rs. 150 is required to donate to play. All the money that is raised in this event will be sent to the Chief Minister and PM Cares relief funds to combat COVID-19. The evnt is taking place from the 15th of May to 17th of May. Find out how to play the event and how the idea surfaced in Iniyan's mind!

Iniyan receiving awards from the Tiger himself |Photo: P. Iniyan

GM P Iniyan has come up with a wonderful idea to host a large-scale online chess marathon, where participants can play against him and also get any one of their games analysed! Iniyan will be playing against 100 players daily from 15th to 17th of May, and is looking forward to raising money for a good cause. Participants can enter by donating a minimum of Rs. 150, and all funds raised will be donated to the TN Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund and PM Cares fund in support of the battle against the deadly Coronavirus. Non-participants can contribute to the cause too!


Time control: The game will be played under the Blitz time control. Each player will have 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.

Date and timing: Your schedule to play will be informed by email one day prior to the start of the game.

Game Analysis: After the end of the game with GM Iniyan P, the participants can send one of their tournament games. Iniyan will send back the annotated version to you!

How amazing to be felicitated by Badminton World Champion, PV Sindhu! |Photo: P. Iniyan

How did the 17-year-old come up with the idea? "I wanted to give back to society in some way with this event. I was scrolling though news about various artists and celebrities doing things for the community, sometimes as a team. I thought, 'let me try something for the chess community, and as independently as possible.' When I got the idea, I was only thinking 'a musical concert, but for chess!' Another thing about it is it's aimed at smaller and younger players. I got to play against my first GM when I was 10, and I know that not many people get such a chance. My father, mother and coach are supporting me with advice on how to go about the event hosting. ICC 'Internet Chess Club' is handling the technical side of things, so I don't have to worry much on that aspect, and can focus more on the chess part. Anyone who is participating is also supporting the cause, in my opinion!"

Iniyan's family are a great support to this marathon event |Photo: P. Iniyan

"I played four online tournaments during this lockdown, in one of which I finished second, and - in contrast - one where I wasn't paired in two rounds and faced technical issues. I find that online tournaments are great for bullet and blitz games, as well as to try out some new things before attempting it over the board. Personally, I felt that classical formats are better suited as over-the-board experiences, and hence the reason for the 3 + 2 format. However, I understand how some may feel that online events have too many limitations and are not comparable to the physical feeling. While it is true that it is not possible for chess to be sustained only as an online game, I feel that it could live up to something greater than just a gimmick. Anyways, it's not like these events are the only option; over-the-board games will still be around once the pandemic subsides!"


"This is the first time I'm organizing an event like this," says the youngster from Erode. "It is pretty interesting so far. There's so many things to keep doing, talking to people, organizing the event itself, make arrangements, reply to a lot of doubts and queries etc. A few strong players were interested in participating as well, such as IM Arjun Kalyan, IM Krishna Teja, to name a few. I am excited to see how it will turn out; who knows, if it's good, and I get a good response, I might do another one!


"Is there anything that you want to say to the participants?"

"I would like to thank them for their contributions to the cause. Again, I had wanted to help using my knowledge and towards the chess community, which is how I got the idea. Would love for similar events to take place that contribute to current issues."


The prospectus of the event with all the details (1/2)

The prospectus of the event with all the details (2/2)

There are ten special prizes in the event as well.

Event instructions:

Donation Info: The minimum donation of Rs. 150 or more can be paid via bank transfer or Google Pay. Even if you are not playing in this event, do support the cause by donating liberally.


Google Pay number: 9842878471


Bank Details for transfer:

a/c Name: SARANYA V S

Bank: State Bank of India.

Branch: Erode town.

Account Number: 30663526300

IFSC Code: SBIN0007897


After making the payment, email the following details to Name, Payment Details, E-Mail ID and phone number, and you will receive a confirmation mail from us.


Get in touch:


WhatsApp: +919842878471, +919842778471.

More links:

The event's Facebook, where updates and details can be found

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