NOTE: The 2007 Holiday Present Hunt is now over. This page will remain as a historical record.
Between December 1st and December 25th, 2007, Chessgames.com will be sponsoring a game called the Chessgames.com Holiday Present Hunt. We will give away over 50 prizes over these 25 days (an average of two winners per day). Plus, on December 25th we will give away the Grand Prize -- an accurate replica of the chess set used during the 1972 Fischer-Spassky World Championship!
HOW IT WORKS
Out of our 450,000+ games, over 50 of them have been specially selected to recieve a special prize-banner. Between December 1, 2007 and December 25th, 2007, fifty clues will be slowly released to the public from our special Clues Page. These clues are designed to help lead you to the game pages.
If you are the first person to discover a game page referred to by the clue, you'll see a special banner ad that reads "Congratulations, you are a winner!" Simply click on this banner to claim your prize.
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY; you do not have to be a premium member of chessgames to participate. However, before you can claim a prize you must have a registered account. If you don't have an account yet, take a minute to visit our Registration Page. The process is quick, confidential, and 100% free.
On December 25th, 2007, we will hold a special drawing, and one of the lucky prize winners will receive the Grand Prize: an authentic replica of the famous chess set used in the Fischer-Spassky match of 1972, provided by the House of Staunton. We will announce the winner on that day.
The Reykjavik II Series Chess Set - A full tournament-sized Chess set, it features a 3.75" King with a 1.75" diameter base. The Chess pieces are hand carved by master artisans and crafted out of the highest grade woods. The Chess pieces are heavily weighted with luxurious billiard cloth base pads and a beautiful finish. The design of the Reykjavik II Chess set is an exact reproduction of the Chess set used by the legendary American Grandmaster Bobby Fischer when he won the 1972 World Chess Championship against the reigning World Champion Grandmaster Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland. The set comes with four queens. Click here for more information.
New in Chess Magazine (x3) - For over 20 years, New in Chess has been the world's best chess magazine, with regular contributions from all the world's best players. Garry Kasparov, Vishy Anand, Veselin Topalov, Alexei Shirov, Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko, Judith Polgar--you name them, NIC has them. Perhaps that's why New In Chess is also their favorite chess magazine! In-depth interviews, on-the-spot tournament reports, chess anecdotes and curiosities, and more. Three lucky contest winners will receive over 800 pages a year of the very best in chess.
RUNNER-UP PRIZES from Impala Press:
Duels of the Mind (4 DVD set) - The celebrated Thames TV series series with original footage of Capablanca, Alekhine, Nimzowitsch, Fischer, Spassky, Botvinnik, Karpov and Kasparov.
Great British Chess Triumphs (DVD) - A documentary with stupendous archival footage of the chess immortals, including wins by Speelman and Short against Kasparov, as well as long-lost footage of Tony Miles' win against Karpov.
Vishy's Victory by
Giddins, Keene, and Simpole: a first hand account of Anand's greatest
triumph, his victory in the 2007 World Chess Championship at Mexico City.
PLUS OVER FORTY CHESSGAMES PREMIUM MEMBERSHIPS!
Premium Membership to Chessgames.com (4 months), enjoy all the features that have made Chessgames
famous for the past 6 years, including the Opening Explorer, the Sacrifice Explorer, and the new training
HOW TO PLAY
Over 50 special banners will be placed in games in our database throughout the month of December. If you find one of these games, just click on the special banner and claim your prize. It's that simple!
You can see an example of what you should look for on the right in the graphic to the right.
To add some skill into the contest, clues will be released at irregular intervals throughout the month of December on our special Clues Page, ending on December 25th. In total, at least 50 clues will be published, each one referring to one of the special games in our database containing a prize banner.
Even if you're no good at solving clues, you can still win. The odds of any random game being a winner is roughly 1 in 9000, so check out some chess games on our site, and you might get lucky.
To play the contest, just visit our Clues Page regularly and try to find the winning games. Or, poke around randomly, and if you're lucky enough you might stumble upon a prize banner. Good luck!
ABOUT THE CLUES
Our Clues Page will present all of the clues currently released. Throughout the month of December, at irregular intervals, new clues will be added to this page. Clues that have been solved will be clearly marked in green, so that you can concentrate only on the clues that remain unsolved.
Some clues are so easy, it will be a race to locate the game and click on the banner. Some clues are very cunning and may take days before anybody figures them out. Some clues are so impossible that the winner will likely stumble upon the game by accident.
If a clue proves to be too obscure for even our most ingenius members, we may (at our sole discretion) add more clues as the contest progresses to help encourage to location of the winning banneres.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
The following questions are the most commonly asked questions about this contest. The official rules are found at the bottom of this page which contain more thorough details. We hope that this avoids any confusion, but if you still have questions, feel free to ask us at the Chessgames Chessforum.