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Press Interviews & Media Coverage
 

Media during MC#3: 

The Chess Drum: MC3 Update - 3/20/16
Kenya Chess Masala: Millionaire Chess #3 - 2/16
 

Media during MC#2: 

The Chess Drum: Reflections on 2015 Millionaire Chess Open 11/15
The Guardian: Hikaru Nakamura Secures Victory after Controversy at Millionaire Chess - 10/15
Chess.com: The 100,000 Nakamura Knockout on Mllionaire Monday - 10/15
The Chess Drum: 2015 Millionaire Chess Open - 10/15
Kenya Chess Masala: Millionaire Chess Open: Recap of a Fantastic Weekend - 10/15
Maxim: The Richest Chess Tournament Ever is Happening Right Now in Las Vegas - 10/15
St. Louis Public Radio: On Chess: Millionaire Chess Offers High Gloss and High Risk - 10/15
The Guardian: Millionaire Chess? Could This Be the Sport's Best Move - 10/15
The Telegraph: Chess Gets 'Sexy' in Million Dollar Las Vegas Tournament  - 10/15
The Guardian: Las Vegas Gambit Aims to Transform Chess into a High-Stakes Global Event - 10/15
The Chess Drum: Drum Interviews at 2015 Millionaire Chess - 10/15
Chess Daily News: Webster Squad Heading to Millionaire Chess 10/15
 
The Star Tribune: Chess for the Masses: Can the Ancient Game Draw a Modern Audience?
The Chess Drum: 50+GMs, 50+Countries - Millionaire Chess 2015! - 9/15
Press Release - Is chess the new poker? Two million at stake in high-end chess tournament in Las Vegas - June 11/15
MC2 gets Caruana - Chess Drum
Jugar con Cabeza - MC#2 featured in in one of the largest newspapers in Spain.
Punch - Olape wins Millionaire Chess festival.
New Telegraph Online - Olape reigns supreme at Millionaire Chess festival.
Singapore News - Can Wesley So win again? - June 3/15
Chess Drum - MCsquared - June 3/15
Chess Drum: Millionaire Chess Information Center - 3/15
Inquirer.net - MC to add game-show touches to big prizes - June 3/15
Balitang Pinas - MC to add game-show touches to big prizes - June 3/15
The Telegraph - MC Square - June 3/15
Chess Daily News - WIN $1 MILLION CASH - June 3/15
USCF - Win a Million in Millionaire Chess - June 2/15
Chess Drum - MC's 1st Satellite Winner in Kenya - May 5/15 
Chess Drum - MC's qualifier set in Kenya - April 18/15
Chess Drum - Amy's Interview - March 29/15
Sask.gr - Another 64 seconds interview with Susan Polgar - March 24/15
Chess Arena - Another 64 seconds interview with Susan Polgar - March 24/15
Chessdom - Another 64 seconds interview with Susan Polgar - March 24/15
ChessDailyNews - Another 64 seconds interview with Susan Polgar - March 24/15
USCF - Only 10 days left for registration - March 20/15
Hun on Chess - Only 10 days left for registration - March 20/15
Susan Polgar's Blog - Only 10 days left for registration - March 20/15
MC footage on BBC World News - Interview with MIT Researcher, Greg Borenstein - March 17/15
The Chess Drum - Millionaire Chess deadline - March 16/15
USCF - Press Release - Mar. 10/15
Inquirer.net - So vs Nakamura - Mar. 9/15
Chess for all ages - MIT & Millionaire Chess - Feb. 27/15
Xebat Newspaper - Interview with Amy in Kurdish - Feb. 18/15
Brooklyn Daily Eagle - GM Maurice Ashley tells students "Chess is fun" - 
Radio Interview - Interview with Maurice Ashley - Feb. 8/15
Woman's Chess FIDE - Interview with Amy Lee - Feb. 5/15
Europe Echecs - Interview with Amy Lee in French - Feb. 3/15
FIDE - Interview with Amy Lee - Feb. 3/15 
Chess dom - Interview - 64 seconds with Amy Lee - Feb. 3/15
Chess daily news - Amy's interview by Susan Polgar - Feb. 2/15
Chess Drum - Nakamura @ MC2 - Jan. 31/15
Africa Chess Net - Super GM signing up for MC2 - Jan. 31/15
Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News - Early Registration deadline - Jan. 30/15
Chess Drum - Kasparov Chess Foundation African and Millionaire Chess - Jan. 29/15
Africa Chess Net  - Kasparov Chess Foundation African and Millionaire Chess - Jan. 29/15
Chess Drum - MC#2 opens on Jan. 1/15 
 

Media during MC#1:  

MC PRESS RELEASE- WESLEY SO WINS MC 2014, October 14, 2014
New York Times - Dylan Loeb McClain, August 31, 2014
BBC News - October 13, 2014
WIRED – October 13, 2014
Huffington Post - Oct. 15. 2014
CBC Radio Interview with Maurice Ashley - As it Happens with Carol Off & Jeff Douglas.  September 2, 2014
Global TV Interview with Amy Lee - Global noon news, September 15, 2014
YouTube – video on highlights of MC#1
Northwest Chess - Observation of MC#1 - December 2014
Velocity Chess - Oct. 31, 2014
Murphy’s Law:  Thoughts on Millionaire Chess – Oct. 28, 2014
Chessbase interview with Maurice Ashley - Oct. 27, 2014
USCF – GM Chirila’s – Million Dollar Journey  – Oct. 24, 2014
Reflections of MC#1 by Chess Drum - Oct. 22, 2014
Calchess News - Oct. 20, 2014
USCF – Melekhina’a Impression on MC#1 – Oct. 20, 2014
Tactics Time’s Report Card on MC - Oct. 17, 2014
Chess as a spectator sport? – Oct. 17,2014
World Chess Federation - Oct. 17, 2014
Chess Drum interviews – Oct. 17, 2014
Dragon Bishop (Summary of MC1) – Oct. 16, 2014
St. Louis Public Radio – Oct. 16, 2014
Globe Advisor – Oct. 16, 2014
Chess as a spectator sport  - Oct. 16, 2014
Elite Husky – Oct. 16, 2014
Kicker Daily News – Oct. 16, 2014
The Globe and Mail – Oct. 15, 2014
Las Vegas Sun – Oct. 15, 2014
Las Vegas Weekly – Oct. 15, 2014
Kicker Daily News – Oct. 15, 2014
Australia Radio interview with Maurice - Oct. 14, 2015
Hun on Chess – Oct. 14, 2014
Chessdom – Oct. 14, 2014
Impressions from the MCO by Chessbase -  Oct. 11, 2014
Chess-News – Oct. 11, 2014
The Chess Drum - Day 1 reporting – Oct. 9, 2014
YouKu – video on highlights of MC#1 
MILLIONAIRE CHESS PRESS RELEASE, October 9, 2014
TalkSPORT radio interview with Maurice Ashley - September 4, 2014
The Telegraph - Philip Sherwell, September 1, 2014
MyFox Chicago – Oct. 8, 2014
DNAinfo Chicago – Oct. 6, 2014
Latest MC update from Chess Drum – Oct. 5, 2014
Vegas video tour & radio interview – Sept. 30, 2014
MC and the future business of chess – September 24, 2014
Ming Pao News -  September 20, 2014
Vegas Chatter – September 20, 2014

Record breaking year in chess - September 19,2014
Latest Update from Chess Drum on MC - September 18, 2014
Schach Ticker (German) – September 13, 2014
Poker Gura - September 10, 2014
Asian Pacific Post -  September 9, 2014
The Province -  John Colebourn, September 9, 2014
The Chess Drum - Daaim Shabazz,  September 8, 2014
In Germany – September  7, 2014
Taipei Times -  September 3, 2014
Tampa Bay Times - September 2, 2014
NewsTalk Florida - September 2, 2014
Card Player  - Brian Pempus , September 3, 2014
Irish Independent News - September 2, 2014
In Ireland - September 2, 2014
In Italian - September 2, 2014
In Spanish - Daniela Alzate for WGM Carla Heredia S., September 1, 2014
Huffington Post - Mayu Saini,  July 14th, 2014
Chess Blog by Alexandra Kosteniuk, June 26, 2014
Startup Town’s interview with Amy - “This Girl is on Fire” series. August 12th, 2014.
St. Louis Public Radio - Brian Jerauld, August 6th, 2014.
In Dutch - Z. Peng. June 28th, 2014.
Tour Planet Hollywood with GM Maurice Ashley – by US Chess Group for USCF, June 26th, 2014
Chess Nigeria - June 25th, 2014
Philly.com - Lydia O’Neal, June 7th, 2014
Will Smith Touts Millionaire Chess. – By Daaim Shabazz for the Chess Drum. May 30th, 2014.
Millionaire Chess.. “Spread the Word.” – By Daaim Shabazz for the Chess Drum. May 17th, 2014.
The Latest Ashley Interview on Millionaire Chess – By Daaim Shabazz for the Chess Drum. April 27th, 2014.
Weekly Chess Column – By Harold Dondis and Chris Chase for the Boston Globe. April 21st, 2014
On Chess: Millionaire Chess Ups the Ante in Vegas. – By Brian Jerauld for St.Louis Public Radio. April 16th, 2014
Africa Chess Net -  interviews Amy Lee, April 16th, 2014
Millionaire Chess Open Set For The Lights of Vegas. – Chess Maze International, April 13th, 2014
Millionaire Chess Open Is A Go. – Ashik Uzzaman at Dragon Bishop Blog, April 12th, 2014
Millionaire Chess Matrix Video. – Millionaire Chess Matrix Video, April 8th, 2014
Million Dollar Tournament Announced. – Chess News, April 8, 2014
Million Dollar It’s On. – Chess.com, April 8, 2014
Million Dollar Chess Tournament Makes First Move – Sports Keeda, April 8, 2014
Millionaire Chess, It’s a Go! – The Chess Drum, April 7, 2014

Million Dollar Chess Tournament Makes First Move. – From Millionaire Chess, press release below:

Las Vegas, Nevada - April 7th – Million Dollar Chess Tournament Makes First Move
Launching the Highest Stakes Open Tournament in History on October 9-13
Las Vegas, Nevada – The Millionaire Chess Open, a groundbreaking chess tournament offering the biggest prize fund in chess history for an Open event, will checkmate the competition October 9th at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
The very first event, which boasts a million dollars in prizes, is being billed as a game-changer for a sport that has been struggling to capitalize on its huge fan base of amateur players.
“Chess is ready for this kind of bold undertaking,” says Maurice Ashley, an International Grandmaster and a partner at Millionaire Chess, the company hosting the event. “The game has seen a dramatic uptick in interest recently, and this tournament is designed to ride that wave. With the incredible explosion of scholastic chess as well as the massive increase in the number of online players, we believe there is an opportunity to capture huge market share.”
The tournament will feature the use of many high-tech novelties, never before seen at a chess competition. Some of these innovations, currently being worked on by the Playful Systems Lab at MIT’s Media Lab, include algorithms that predict moves by a specific player, in essence hacking the mind of a grandmaster. Organizers expect the technologies to find wider applications in the areas of neuroscience, psychology, stress management, and human performance.
Millionaire Chess intends to revolutionize the chess world and while seven Grandmasters have already registered early, the tournament hopes to bring in thousands of amateurs from around the world and of all ages.
“We understand that chess suffers from a perception problem,” says Ashley. “Most people think the game is just too difficult or too slow to capture the public’s attention. But chess has been around for over 1500 years for a reason. It’s that enduring fascination that we believe our company can tap into, and we expect this tournament will help take chess to the next level.”
Amy Lee, an entrepreneur who is a partner at Millionaire Chess, sees the project as a launching point for other undertakings.
“The Millionaire Chess Open is just the first step in our business branding itself as a global events and PR company,” she said in a recent interview. “We’re thrilled by the enthusiastic response we have gotten so far. It makes us confident that our vision to change a game like chess is an idea whose time has come.”
About Millionaire Chess
Founded in 2013 by International Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and Entrepreneur Amy Lee, Millionaire Chess is the highest-stakes open tournament worldwide with a record setting prize fund. On October 9-13, 2014, thousands of participants will come to Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada to play and hundreds of thousands will watch online. This unprecedented tournament will electrify chess fans worldwide. To learn more about Millionaire Chess, visit www.millionairechess.com. To receive updates on the event, join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/millionairechess or on Twitter at: @highstakeschess
Contact:
Regina Lewis – PR Manager
contact@millionairechess.com
1-844-MC-CHESS (1-844-62-24377)
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Ashley Statement on the Millionaire Chess Open. – The Chess Drum, March 27, 2014
Grandmaster Maurice Ashley Interview on Chess PDX. – Chess PDX Blog
Millionaire Chess Information Center- The Chess Drum, March 17, 2014
16 Days for Millionaire Chess Push – The Chess Drum, March 15, 2014
Drum interviews Ashley on Millionaire Chess – The Chess Drum, March 3, 2014
Can a Grandmaster Pull Off a Millionaire Chess Tournament? – The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy Blog, January 14, 2014
Maurice Ashley Mini Interview About Millionaire Chess – OneArrow’s Blog on Chess.com, December 28, 2013
Life Is a Chessboard – Frontline, December 25, 2013
Interview with Amy Lee, partner at Millionaire Chess – Africa Chess Net, December 19, 2013


 

Millionaire Chess Open Sets History’s Highest Stakes
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK–(Marketwired – Dec. 19, 2013) - In 1972, Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky in ‘The Match of the Century,’ a battle recounted on television sets and newspaper covers around the world. Next October, the Millionaire Chess Open hopes to garner similar attention by offering competitors the wealthiest prize in Open chess history.

The Millionaire Chess Open will be held over Columbus Day weekend October 9-13, 2014 at exciting Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, and boasts a total of a million dollars in prizes – a record payout for an open chess tournament. The tournament is the brainchild of International Grandmaster Maurice Ashley, a world-famous chess commentator often called on to be the voice of some of the biggest chess matches in the world. Mr. Ashley also served as the organizer for HB Global Chess Challenge in 2005, a $500,000 Open that – until now – claimed the record title.

Ashley is excited to finally announce the Millionaire Chess Open after months of preparation, and invites chess players of all levels to join him in Las Vegas for an event that will make chess history. “I am thrilled to be a part of this exhilarating tournament,” states Ashley. “To offer players a chance of winning part of our million dollar prize pool in one the most exciting cities in the world has always been a dream of mine to organize.”

Mr. Ashley will be assisted by Millionaire Chess Open co-partner Amy Lee, an entrepreneur helping to back the event, and the technological creativity of the MIT Media Lab, where Mr. Ashley serves as a Director’s Fellow. The Media Lab will be represented at the tournament by MIT Assistant Professor Kevin Slavin and members of his Playful Systems research group.
“We are inviting up to 3,000 participants to a tournament that will electrify both fans and media around the world,” stated Mr. Ashley. “The technological innovativeness that the MIT Media Lab brings will also allow us to present chess in ways never seen before. Hundreds of thousands of fans will be able to witness the top chess players from around the world in action live and online. We fully intend to make this an event like no other.”

“The Millionaire Chess Open aims to place competitive chess beneath a global spotlight,” stated Ms. Lee. “We want to bring a sense of luxury into the game, and we believe that nothing adds as much excitement as setting record stakes!”
Chess players from all over the world are welcome to register for the tournament on the tournament website MillionaireChess.com.

Millionaire Chess Open Sets History’s Highest Stakes - Marketwired, December 19, 2013


Drum interviews Ashley on Millionaire Chess – The Chess Drum, March 3, 2014
Update on Millionaire Chess – The Chess Drum, January 29, 2014
Can a Grandmaster Pull Off a Millionaire Chess Tournament? – The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy Blog, January 14, 2014
The Millionaire Chess Open – ChessLecture.com, December 30, 2013
Early Reactions to $1,000,000 Chess – The Chess Drum, December 28, 2013
Maurice Ashley Mini Interview About Millionaire Chess – OneArrow’s Blog on Chess.com, December 28, 2013
Millionaire Chess Tournament Notes – OneArrow’s Blog on Chess.com, December 27, 2013
Millionaire Dollar Open Chess Tournament – Purple Pawn, December 26, 2013
Life Is a Chessboard – Frontline, December 25, 2013
Millionaire Chess Open Sets History’s Highest Stakes – Reuters, December 19, 2013
Millionaire Chess Open launched by GM Maurice Ashley: Las Vegas Oct 2014 – Chess Magazine Black & White, December 19, 2013
Millionaire Chess Tournament: Las Vegas, October 2014 – Chess.com, December 19, 2013
Millionaire Chess Tournament: Las Vegas, October 2014 – ChessVibes, December 19, 2013
Interview with Amy Lee, partner at Millionaire Chess – Africa Chess Net, December 19, 2013
Millionaire Chess Open Sets History’s Highest Stakes – Yahoo! Finance, December 19, 2013
Millionaire Chess Open Sets History’s Highest Stakes – Digital Journal, December 19, 2013
Millionaire Chess: El torneo del Millón de Euros – Chess Live Blog
GM Ashley: A $1,000,000 Response – The Chess Drum, December 15, 2013
Ashley launches Millionaire Chess… $1,000,000 Tourney! – The Chess Drum, December 12, 2013
Millionaire Chess Comes to Vegas 2014 – The United States Chess Federation, December 12, 2013
Millionaire Chess Open – MIT Media Lab Events
GM Maurice Ashley Profile – The Chess Drum