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Chess against cancer: A chess tournament against the childhood cancer

Every year, in December, my friend Borja Sanmartín and the ASPANOA Association (an association created against childhood cancer) organize a very famous tournament of chess against cancer to collect money to help in this fight. It’s a tradition and a very good reason.

The tournament is really strong and many international and grandmasters play it. Although the most important part is to collaborate with this tournament to help the children that they need this help.

It will be played on Sunday, December 2, 2018, in the morning session starting at 10:00h. It will be in the club “El Olivar”, Zaragoza, Spain. The games will be of 5 minutes. The fee is 10€ for births before 12/31/2005 and 5€ for births from 01/01/2005 inclusive (U-12).

The email to play the tournament or get more information is:
[email protected]

All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to ASPANOA, is the Association of Parents of Children with Cancer of Aragon. It serves families of children and adolescents with cancer. It aims to achieve the best state of health at all levels, making possible its full integration.

Many thanks, Borja Sanmartin and ASPANOA Association to do things like this one! It’s awesome!

chess against childhood cancer

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Chess against cancer: The “Zero board”

Maybe you can’t play it but I’m sure you want to help. Don’t worry! Because it exists the “Zero board”. Even if you don’t play you can help us in the tournament by registering as a zero board, that is, you contribute but you don’t play and in addition, you will appear in the chess-results website! If you want to sign up through Zero Board, you must do it from

(If you’ve got problems with the Spanish or you’ve got doubts, contact me and I will help you to register you as a Zero board).

The tournament grows every year and is becoming very famous! Many GMs and IMs from different countries are collaborating registering as a zero board. Some of them are the GM Pia Cramling (Sweden), the GM Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez (Sweden), the FM Stephen Boyd (France), the WGM Aleksandra Dimitrijevic (Serbia), the WFM Anna Cramling Bellon, the WFM Margit Brokko and many other players.

If you can participate (playing it or registering like a “zero board”) it would perfect. But if you can’t, please share the tournament with your friends and other chess players, because you would be helping also! 

(The website of is available to help you with the process or the doubts you could have).

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Alberto is giving me step by step guidance on how to progress in chess. Because of his strong repertoire and game analysis support I was able to get an initial rating of 2148. My sincere thanks to my mentor Alberto who constantly supports me in my game analysis and helps me strengthen my game before going to the next rounds. He has a huge database of knowledge that caters to the beginner up to the master level. Thank you, Alberto, for being there throughout my chess journey.
Vyom and Omya have been learning from Coach Alberto since they were USCF rated ~1500 & ~1000 respectively. Coach Alberto played a critical role in understanding Vyom’s weaknesses and helped him overcome them. He has been an exceptional chess coach with a lot of patience with my kids. He played an instrumental role in teaching them different openings for both black and white. He is always available to help/guide them. He helps to analyze the games and suggest good moves. Our kids are very comfortable with the teaching style of Coach Alberto. He being an active player also helps as he shares what he learns from his games and experience as well.