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The skinny: Chess players to get shot at $1M in prizes

Chess; Chess pieces;

Chess; Chess pieces;

In Vegas, of course

Chess players to get shot at $1M in prizes

This month, more than 500 chess players from 39 countries will arrive at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas to compete in a tournament with the biggest prize fund in chess history — $1 million. And despite all of the players paying at least $1,000 each in entry fees, the tournament organizers will almost certainly lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. But they expected that. The tournament, called Millionaire Chess, is intended to be the first step in a multiyear plan to organize and run tournaments with big prize funds, said Amy Lee, 43, an entrepreneur from Vancouver, Canada, who is financing the event. The idea is to raise the profile of the game. "It has a 1,500-year history," Lee said, "and it has not been recognized at the level that I believe it should be."

Here comes the baby

A surprise guest for the wedding

As Amanda Vasey prepared to walk down the aisle in Darlington, England, her wedding became even more memorable. A guest was forced to give birth in a car outside the ceremony, the Daily Telegraph of London reported. Vasey's friend Amanda Hutchinson, the best man's wife, had just arrived for the wedding at a hotel on Saturday when her water broke. She was quickly rushed into a nearby car, where she gave birth to a healthy girl as startled guests were ushered into the hotel, the paper reported. Mother and baby were taken to a hospital. The wedding went on. "She kept saying sorry she had ruined the day and all that but she hadn't ruined it," Vasey said.

Not enough postage

These bad guys are cheapskates

An international gang dealing in phony health products was tripped up by its attempt to save on postage. Police in Vienna say an investigation took off in 2012 when a package was sent back from Austria to Spain due to insufficient postage. The package landed at the Spanish drugstore falsely listed as the sender, and the drugstore turned the contents over to police. The case climaxed Monday with eight arrests and the seizure of $170,000 in cash and about 1 million fake pills, worth $13 million. Police in Austria, Britain and Hungary were involved in the sweep.

The vanishing ring

For couple, X-ray reveals too much

Two people were arrested on suspicion of felony theft in Orem, Utah, after police said one of them swallowed a stolen ring in an attempt to hide it. An X-ray showed the ring inside the stomach of Christina Schlegel, 25. Minutes earlier, Bryan Ford, 29, stole the ring, which is worth several thousand dollars, at a jewelry store, police say. After the pair's arrest, police were baffled as to the ring's whereabouts until the X-ray of Schlegel's stomach.

Compiled from wire services and other sources

The skinny: Chess players to get shot at $1M in prizes 09/02/14 [Last modified: Monday, September 1, 2014 9:47pm]

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