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HelpChess Foundation: Powering Indian Chess

Over the years, the team at ChessBase India has closely followed the journey of Indian chess players. One major challenge that often halts a promising chess career is the lack of funds. To address this, the ChessBase India Foundation, now known as the HelpChess Foundation, was established in 2018.

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Aaditya Sharma

7/4/20242 min read

HelpChess Foundation: Powering Indian Chess

Introduction

Over the years, the team at ChessBase India has closely followed the journey of Indian chess players. One major challenge that often halts a promising chess career is the lack of funds. To address this, the ChessBase India Foundation, now known as the HelpChess Foundation, was established in 2018. In its four years of existence, the foundation has raised nearly 50 lakh rupees to support various players and causes. The foundation prides itself on thorough background checks and absolute transparency regarding the funds.

Achievements and Growth

In the financial year 2023-24, the HelpChess Foundation raised an impressive 54 lakh rupees to support Indian chess. This was made possible by the contributions of over 900 generous donors. Since its inception, the foundation has grown significantly. Starting with a modest scholarship of Rs. 50,000 in 2018, it now operates as a Charitable Trust, providing tax benefits to contributors under section 80G. More than 30 players received support from the funds raised in 2023-24 alone.

Our Mission

The primary goal of the HelpChess Foundation is to ensure that financial constraints do not force talented chess players to abandon their dreams. By connecting people who are passionate about chess and willing to contribute financially with players who need support, the foundation helps create more champions in the sport.

Transparency and Trust

Transparency is a cornerstone of the HelpChess Foundation. Detailed reports on fund utilization are published annually, ensuring that donors know exactly how their contributions are being used. This commitment to transparency has made the HelpChess Foundation India's most trusted chess foundation.

Our Believers

The success of the HelpChess Foundation is driven by its supporters, known as Believers and Big Believers (for contributions above Rs. 50,000). These individuals believe in the vision of the foundation and the potential of Indian chess players.

Appreciation for Sagar Shah

Sagar Shah, the co-founder of ChessBase India, deserves immense appreciation for his vision and dedication in establishing the HelpChess Foundation. His unwavering commitment to the growth of Indian chess has created opportunities for countless young talents. Through his tireless efforts, Sagar has not only highlighted the financial struggles faced by many players but has also provided a solution that bridges the gap between talent and resources.

His leadership and transparency have earned the trust of donors and players alike, making the HelpChess Foundation a beacon of hope for aspiring chess champions. Thank you, Sagar, for your remarkable initiative and for inspiring the chess community to come together for a greater cause.

In one of the articles we've explained the journey of Sagar Shah and his Chess journalism. We have listed all the reasons as to why he deserves a Ramnath Goenka Award. Click below to read

https://thephilox.com/why-sagar-shah-deserves-the-ramnath-goenka-excellence-in-sports-journalism-award

Call to Action

HelpChess Foundation's work is a noble initiative that deserves recognition and support. We urge everyone who cares about the future of Indian chess to contribute to this cause. Your donations can help talented and financially struggling players achieve their dreams. Join us in powering Indian chess!

For more information and to make a donation, please visit the HelpChess Foundation website.

https://helpchess.org/#believer

Let's ensure that no talented chess player is held back by financial limitations. Your support can make a world of difference!