Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao will compete in an online Celebrity Charity Chess
Challenge against a 10-year-old app version of world chess champion Magnus
The 12-time world champ boxer-turned politician a big fan of chess, is the latest
among the big names participating in the event that will be broadcast during the
Finals event of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour
The Tour broadcast will be on Oct. 1.
So far, no celebrity taking the challenge has beaten Carlsen on his “Play Magnus
app”, with the longest match lasting 49 moves.
Pacquiao will receive $5,000 to donate to his chosen charity for participating. A
victory for him will give him an extra $50,000.
“I can’t wait to see how the legendary Manny Pacquiao does against a 10-year-old me
on the Play Magnus app,” Carlsen, a four-time world champion, said in a statement.
“I wasn’t world champion back then, but I was already playing decently so it’s going
to be hard!” Pacquiao is excited about the challenge.
“This is something that doesn’t happen every day and I will be placed in a different
arena this time around,” he said in a statement.
Other celebrities participating in the event are Kristofer Hivju, Rainn Wilson, Joe
Mantegna, Sal Khan, Liv Boeree, Sam Bankman-Fried, Maximilian Gunther, and Cuba