GM Elshan Moradi sits at a chess board wearing a red shirt and a grey fedora

Sony teams up with US GM and helps CIC

GM Elshan Moradi Abadi was the second Iranian-born chess grandmaster to join the highest echelons of competitive chess by hitting a rating of 2600 FIDE.

He now lives in North Carolina, USA, with his cat, Regina Queen of Hearts, and has been officially affiliated with the USCF since 2017.

Next Saturday, he will be playing a simultaneous exhibition against Sony Pictures Imageworks employees who are also campaigning to raise money for CIC.

Donations to CIC are welcome through the event page until October 14. And Lichess users can watch the games live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) on Saturday September 25!