26 May 2024

The NFL and Chess

Those are two things most people probably don't associate, but that isn't really fair. A lot of people play chess, at least casually, and these guys are certainly competitive. From Chess-dot-com: BlitzChamps III May 22, 2024: Reid Emerges As NFL's Top Chess Player

So the NFL and the world of Chess got together to raise some money for charity, with a chess tournament among NFL players.

Kansas City Chiefs' safety Justin Reid was crowned the winner of BlitzChamps III after sweeping Cardinals' quarterback Kyler Murray 2-0 in the Grand Final of an eight-player double-elimination bracket on Wednesday. Outplaying BlitzChamps I winner Chidobe Awuzie en route to the title, Reid showed that the NFL is taking their chess up a notch.

For his victory, Reid won $30,000 for his charity of choice, JReid Indeed, and put on a tactical masterclass for fans tuning into the event. BlitzChamps III was broadcast live from the NFL studio which was turned Chess.com green for the day.

Kyler Murray got $20,000 for his charity of choice, since he came in 2nd, Mac Hollins got $15,000 for coming in 3rd, etc. Click thru for the list of players.

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