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(31 October 2011) This week, six South Africans will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win the privilege of playing with the 13th World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov in a simultaneous game of chess.
The simultaneous exhibition will be held on Sunday 13 November 2011 in Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Newtown, Johannesburg.
Garry Kasparov will play against about thirty participants. Only six player tickets are available to the public via the bidorbuy.co.za online auctions.
The bidorbuy auctions, organised by MovesForLife, will be a “one-a-day” affair. Every day between Monday 31 October and Saturday 5 November, one ticket will be up for grabs from 9 AM until 9 PM, with the bidding opening at R1.
That means that every day for six days one lucky bidder will win one ticket which gives him, or her, the right to measure up against Garry Kasparov come 13 November.
“Garry Kasparov is a legend. We are very proud to host these auctions”, says bidorbuy CEO Jaco Jonker. He expects that many South Africans will jump at this opportunity to play a game of chess with one of the greatest chess players ever.
The “simul”, which will include a number of high profile politicians, celebrities and sports personalities, is a part of preparations for the launch of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa in March 2012.
The Kasparov Chess Foundation, already active in the USA and in Europe, plans to develop its African arm in cooperation with the one year old, and already very successful South African programme, Moves For Life.
The two organisations will work together to bring chess to schools throughout the country as well as the continent, making Johannesburg the African capital of chess.
All proceeds from the sale of six tickets on bidorbuy will be used to fund the activities of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa and Moves for Life.
“Visitors to www.bidorbuy.co.za will find the Gary Kasparov simul auctions on our Charity Listings page, which was designed especially to host non-profit organisations that wish to make use of bidorbuy for fund raising purposes”, says Jaco Jonker, adding: “As always in cases like these, bidorbuy will forfeit its regular selling commission, ensuring that every cent the winning bidders put forward ends up in the organisation’s coffers”.