Anand To Give ICC Charity Simul
By John Henderson   
April 12, 2007
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by John Henderson

World #1 Vishwanathan Anand of India is once again utilizing the services of the Internet Chess Club (ICC – www.chessclub.com) to champion a cause that is close to his heart: Vidyasagar (www.vidyasagar.co.in), a non-profit organization that strives for inclusion of children with autism and cerebral palsy.

In 2005, Anand held a successful simul on the ICC that raised much-needed funds for the Indian charity he’s become associated with. The funds raised in 2005 provided wheelchairs for 65 children apart from other orthotic aids that were urgently needed. And again the world #1 is looking for the goodwill of chess players to play their part in a fun-filled challenging day in aid of the charity.

“Coming to Vidyasagar is a very special feeling,” said Anand. “It is a place where behind a child’s laughter there is a story. Our responsibility is to make each of these stories have a happy ending. Cerebral palsy by itself is a complex problem, and each child's condition is a unique challenge. I would like to thank the ICC for joining forces with us once again. As a company, they have shown it is not just the bottom line but a child’s smile that could make all the difference.

“For me, it is a personal dream to see these children smile brighter - and this is the best move we as a chess community can make together to help them.”

To find out the special appeal Anand has for Vidyasagar, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqsPu36RTns

YOU CAN PLAY AND YOU CAN HELP THE CAUSE!

The ICC is auctioning off on eBay 15 seats to play in the simultaneous exhibition on Saturday, April 21st, starting at 12:00pm ET (5pm GMT) with Grandmaster Anand.

Click here to access Ebay link

The winning bidders of this and the 14 other eBay auctions will each earn a seat to play Super Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand 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.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play one of the world’s most famous grandmasters and, more importantly, to help children who are facing a much greater challenge.

The first four to raise $350 or more will receive a 12-month subscription (or 12-month renewal) to the ICC plus a 12-month subscription (or renewal) to the world’s leading chess magazine, New In Chess, total value $147.95. The first two to raise $500 or more will receive an 18-month subscription (or 18-month renewal) to the ICC plus a 12-month subscription (or renewal) for New In Chess Yearbook, a total value of $208.

Please note that ALL 100% of the proceeds raised will go directly to the charity. PLEASE play your part in helping the world #1, Vishwanathan Anand, raise funds through chess on the ICC for this worthy cause that is so very close to his heart.

For further information, contact:

John Henderson, ICC Director of Marketing
Tel: 847-347-9593
Email: jbhthescots@chessclub.com