Simul for the schools: 8 US stars raise cash for schoolkids

Chess24 will host a star-studded benefit event for America’s original chess education organisation, Chess in the Schools.

The online simultaneous exhibition ⏤ which you can play in ⏤ features GMs Pascal Charbonneau, Irina Krush, Daniel Naroditsky, Hans Niemann, Andrew Tang, plus up-and-coming young talents IM Carissa Yip, IM Christopher Yoo and Tanitoluwa Adewumi. 

The 2021 Spring Charity Chess Challenge will take place on June 9, beginning at 6 pm EDT (Midnight CEST) with all games played in the chess24 Playzone. It will feature special simul games where players will challenge GMs and top players with games and interviews featured during a live stream on the chess24 YouTube channel and website.

Among the guests helping to raise cash for Chess in the Schools will be:

Pascal Charbonneau

A Canadian Grandmaster who has won two closed Canadian Chess Championships and represented Canada in five Chess Olympiads.

Irina Krush

Eight-time U.S. Women’s Champion and the only active female American Grandmaster.

Daniel Naroditsky

American Grandmaster and published chess author since age 14 ⏤one of the top blitz, bullet, and ultra bullet players. 

Hans Niemann

Hans is an American chess Grandmaster and Twitch livestreamer, who was awarded the Grandmaster title earlier this year.

Andrew Tang

American Grandmaster and a popular streamer who is known online for his bullet, hyper bullet, and ultra bullet skills, even playing blindfolded.

Carissa Yip

The youngest female International Master in U.S. history and the youngest female chess player to defeat a Grandmaster, which she did at the age of 10.

Christopher Yoo

The youngest International Master in American history.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi

In 2019, just a year after learning chess, Tani was crowned New York State scholastic champion among 3rd graders and younger. Two years on, his national rating has surpassed Master-level at 2223.

All proceeds from the evening will support Chess in the Schools, helping it offer free chess instruction to thousands of public school children from low-income communities.

Chess in the Schools is one of America’s top chess organisations. Since it started in 1986, CIS has provided chess instruction to 500,000+ children from underserved communities, helping them develop essential analytic and socio-emotional skills, and putting them on track to succeed in school and in life.

CIS is the only organisation in New York City that offers free chess education to 10,000+ diverse students, using its own unique curriculum accompanied by a full spectrum of free scholastic programs, from chess tournaments to an individualised college-prep training.

To learn more about CIS and its programs visit

To register for the simul click HERE.

CIS and chess24 previously partnered on a similar event in October 2020, which is available for replay from our Shows page, or via YouTube:

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