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Monday, February 13, 2012

Join mammoth charity chess event online for cancer awareness

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Hi everyone,

Here is a very nice initiative and we encourage you to support it. We thank Arkham Noir (ChessNoir) for this article. It is also posted on OnlineChessLessons.Net.

Breast cancer and bullet chess. Two seemingly unrelated pairs of words, similar only in their initial letters, suddenly brought into each other's acquaintance. And what better introducer than a charity event for National Cancer Prevention Month?

On February 17, 2012, a gentleman by the name of Bryan Bailey will play an incredible one-thousand-game marathon of bullet chess. That's 1,000 consecutive games. Yes a thousand! The event is to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention where the proceeds will be donated directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The BCRF is an independent non-profit organization whose aim is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime through provision of critical funding for innovative clinical and transitional research at leading medical centres worldwide. It's also their mission to increase public awareness about good breast health.

Breast Cancer comprises of 23% of all cancers in women. Interestingly, even men can fall victim to breast cancer and have even poorer outcomes due to delays in diagnosis.

Awareness really is the point of twenty-year-old Bryan's endeavour as he sets out to perform the arduous task of playing a thousand straight games of bullet chess. This high octane form of chess is named as such because of the greatly reduced time each player has to make all their moves. In, the chess-playing site where the bullet games will be conducted, the time controls would range from two minutes with twelve-second-increments, to ten seconds with a one-second-increment. Yes 10 seconds.

So if we were to take the middle amount, the one-minute-game, and multiply that by two for each player, then a thousand of those add up to over thirty-three hours of consecutive bullet chess games. Yes over 33 hours.

In ChessCube, Bryan goes by the handle Goose0202, and you'll find him in his own chat room there called Goose0202's Cafe. You can watch his games right there on ChessCube but he will be streaming the event's games live via, a live-video-streaming site for gamers, where he will be commentating as he plays. How cool is that?

Being a part of or simply witnessing such a unique and charitable event should surely be a priority. I mean come on, breast cancer and bullet chess! It's sure to be a memorable and praiseworthy fundraiser. So this Friday, Feb. 17th, 2012, at 6:00 pm EST, tune in to

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