Magnus Carlsen Headlines Charity Chess Tournament to Raise Money for Ukrainian Children and Families

Published 03/16/2022, 9:30 AM EDT

World peace has been disrupted amidst the ongoing European crisis. Several world organizations, including the United Nations, have already started rescue operations, sending medical help to the places affected the most. Doing their part, the most popular chess tournament of the year, Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, and Magnus Carlsen have joined forces to help people in these difficult times.

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Unlike the first tournament of the 2022 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, you will not see any Russian Grand Masters competing in the charity cup. However, what stands out the most is the purpose of the charity cup this year, which is more than just to find a champion amidst the 16 Grand Masters competing.

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Magnus Carlsen leads the fundraiser Charity Cup

The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, in collaboration with UNICEF, will raise funds for the children and families caught in the aftermath of political conflict. In the spirit of providing some help to those in need, the second tournament has been renamed as the Charity Cup. It will begin from March 19th and will go on till March 26th.

Apart from Magnus Carlsen, the tournament will feature some of the top Grand Masters of the world, including Ding Liren, Richard Rapport, Indian wonder boy Praggnanandhaa and women’s world champion, Ju Wenjun from China.

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If a chess tournament has Magnus Carlsen in it, on most days you already have the champion. This is what happened with the Airthings Masters as well, where Magnus Carlsen once again won the chess tournament quite comprehensively. In the finals, we saw the favorite rivalry of Carlsen vs Nepo, just like the world chess championship.

Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian chess grandmaster and current World Chess Champion, celebrates his victory during the press conference after defeated Sergey Karjakin, Russian chess grandmaster, at the World Chess Championship on November 30, 2016 in New York. / AFP / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

After playing five draw games, finally, the sixth game ended in Carlsen’s favor. It was almost as if the world chess championship history had repeated itself all over again.

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Now, since Ian Nepomniachtchi is not playing, let’s see who is the favorite to give Magnus a tough time in the second tournament.

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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