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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Charity chess tournament held to aid Fanconi Anemia research

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Hi everyone,

Do you remember this post from last year? It is about Benjamin Morrison, a teenager who organises a chess tournament in memory of his sister Nina. Nina passed away due to Fanconi Anemia, a rare disease.

Help 14-year-old who holds chess tournament for medical research

The third annual Chess for FA tournament was organised this year too with great success. This year’s tournament was attended by eighteen participants from eight different schools throughout the Portland metro area. The tournament raised over $800 for the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund. The Fund will use the money to support research to find better treatments – and a cure – for Fanconi anemia, a rare genetic disease.

The tournament was, once again, NWSRS rated. The pairing program required for rating was donated by SwissSys. Prizes were donated by Jazzy Bagels, Off the Charts Games, iCandy, and Coldstone Creamery and food & beverages were donated by Wall Street Pizza and Odwalla Juice. Corbett School District donated the use of the tournament space.The tournament received publicity from the Outlook newspaper, Chess for Success and the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation.

The tournament consisted of five rounds with Swiss system pairings. The tournament ended with four players all having four out of five possible points, Nathan Smith, Joshua Wentzel, Blaise Gilbride (the winner of the first Chess for FA tournament), and Dan Perry. One game in the first round, between Spencer Gilbride, Blaise’s older brother, and Austin DeWolfe, ended in a stalemate after Spencer promoted two pawns to knights. “I was having fun,” Spencer said after the game. “I wanted to have a giant army of knights.”

You can read the tournament website here.

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  • At February 27, 2012 at 12:21 AM , Anonymous ChessForFA said...

    Thank you, Chess Queen! We are so honored that you chose to write about the tournament again this year. We are grateful to have the opportunity to raise funds for much-needed research as well as raise awareness about Fanconi anemia. Each year we hope the tournament will grow bigger and better. Thank you for sharing this story with your readers!

  • At February 27, 2012 at 6:40 AM , Anonymous melinda david, nj said...

    what a commendable effort. thanks for sharing chess queen.

  • At February 27, 2012 at 7:21 AM , Anonymous Keith Schmidt, Berlin said...

    good effort. it is great that chess should help in such a worthy manner. best wishes.

  • At February 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM , Anonymous amrit puri, knights chess club, new delhi said...

    that's a very sweet story. I wish them all the luck.

  • At February 27, 2012 at 2:20 PM , Anonymous Hamid Al Gufran, Cairo, Egypt said...

    chess is a great healing effort. My heart goes out to the teenager. It is commendable that the family has taken this step to heal the pain of the world. Greetings and best wishes.


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