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No.1: MKG Scholarship

Launch date: 11th July 2018

MKG Scholarship for girls below the age of 18. Read more: 

K Priyanka is the winner of MKG Scholarship for girls below the age of 18. Read more:

Priyanka's performances after she won the scholarship:

1. Gained 56.8 Elo points at the Abu Dhabi Masters in August 2018

2. Became the National under-17 champion in September 2018

3. 26th place at the World Youth 2018 in the under-18 girls section.

4. 10th place at National Women's Championship in November 2018

5. 11th place at National Juniors Girls in December 2018

6. Gained 25 Elo at Delhi International in January 2019

7. 50th place at Aeroflot Open C in February 2019

8. 5th place at Asian Youth 2019 under-18 in April 2019

9. 9th place at TN state championships in the open section in May 2019

10. Maiden IM norm, maiden WGM norm and 2nd WIM norm at the 2nd Goa GM 2019 in June 2019

11. Gold medal at Commonwealth under-18 girls and 45th place in the open section

No.2: Chess Guru Academy Scholarship

Launch date: 17th August 2018

The winner of this scholarship gets one year of free training at Chess Guru Academy in Mumbai. More details:

A lot of people applied for this scholarship and we contacted all the candidates. However, none of them wanted to shift their base to Mumbai and hence the ideal candidate was unfortunately not found.

No.3: Pursue your chess scholarship

Launch date: 5th September 2018

The winner of this scholarship gets Rs.50,000 for the year. The main criteria is to have a IM/WIM, or GM/WGM norm: Read more:

Sammed Shete is the winner of the "Purse Your Chess" Scholarship. Read more:

Sammed's performance after he won the scholarship:

4th place at National Juniors in December 2018

42nd rank at National Championships in Jammu in December 2018

26th place at IIFLW Mumbai in Dec-January 2018-19

31st rank at Delhi GM International in January 2019

2nd IM norm at Aeroflot Open B group in February 2019

32nd rank at HD Bank Vietnam in March 2019

79th place at 2nd Goa GM International 2019

No.4: Dennis Kow Scholarship

Launch date: 7th December 2018

The winner of this scholarship will get Rs.51,000 for a year. The scholarship is for differently abled (visually challenged, physically disabled, deaf and mute players). Read more:

Samarth Rao is the winner of the Dennis Kow Scholarship. Read his inspiring story:

28th place at the IPCA World Championships 2019 in Slovakia in June 2019

Samarth finished 2nd at the World Juniors for the disabled and won the gold in the physically disabled section in USA in July 2019


More scholarship and donations will be listed down here as and when they are released.


Other initiatives

14-year-old Nihal Sarin raises Rs. 1,74,463 through the ChessBase India show for the victims of Kerala flood

92 chess players raise Rs.1,01,973 for the martyrs of Pulwama attack

Indian chess players raise Rs.33,121 for the "Let's Rebuild Odisha" online tournament

About HelpChess

HelpChess is an initiative by ChessBase India Foundation. It is the banner under which we want to continue all our charitable activities. The name clearly mentions what we are aiming for. We are looking for individuals who would like to help the talents of Indian chess by donating money or instituting a scholarship or donating in kind, so that the financial burdens on the players who come from humble background are reduced to an extent. The logo of HelpChess clearly shows this philosophy.


There are many people all over the world who want to contribute financially to the growth of Indian chess. There are many talents in India who are in need of these finances. HelpChess aims to act as a bridge. We believe that when ordinary people come together and contribute, extraordinary things can happen to our chess society.

Bank Details:

ChessBase India Foundation


A/C No. 50200031999591


Branch Address :-  001 / 002, Samyak Darshan, Junction Of Tilak Road & Vallabh Baug Lane, Mumbai, 

IFSC CODE  :- HDFC0000118


The Launch of ChessBase India Foundation

MKG Scholarship of Rs.50,000 for a girl under the age of 18

K. Priyanka wins the MKG Scholarship of Rs.50,000

Scholarship of free coaching for one year to the deserving candidate

Don't give up on your dreams, "Pursue Your Chess" Scholarship is here

Sammed Shete wins the Pursue your chess scholarship of Rs.50,000

Dennis Kow scholarship of Rs.51,000 for the differently abled

The boy who attacked Celebral Palsy - Samarth Rao wins Dennis Kow Scholarship