About the war in Ukraine

It is hard to concentrate on chess at the moment, with the Ukrainian people under constant attack from Putin's artillery and forces. I have so many things to say, but I will try to keep it as short as I can:

If you have ever enjoyed this site as a viewer: Ever since I launched analysis.sesse.net in 2013, I have not asked for donations of any kind. I have not run any ads. I have not collected your personal information or in general made any money off of the site. I am in the privileged position to be able to pay for my own hardware and have it stay a hobby. But now I am asking you to support the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. If you ever wanted to show your support for the site: This is your chance. See below.

To all Russian chess fans: Know that our dispute is with your leadership, not the Russian people. It would be deeply hypocritical of me from the comfort and security of my own home to demand that you try to overthrow a dictator, but I have tremendous respect for those of you who have gone out to protest. In particular, I feel for every common person who has been hit by the sanctions; and I feel for the brave chess players and other athletes who have spoken out and are still refused entry to international competitions, but with a leadership that politicizes sports so intensely, any other outcome seems difficult. I know that you did not want this to happen, and I welcome Russian and Belarusian viewers to both my site and to my chess board, should we ever meet. (I would make an exception for Putin and his hawks, but I heard he does not use the Internet anyway.)

How to help

I have chosen MSF (also known as Doctors Without Borders) as my preferred charity; they are a neutral, humanitarian charity that I hope we can all get behind, no matter our nationality and political views. If, for whatever reason, you cannot or will not donate to the MSF, consider the Red Cross. If you have access to gift matching or tax deduction, use that to amplify your donation. (Sometimes, using your local MSF organization instead of the international site may reduce friction in such matters.) You can mark your donation with “analysis.sesse.net” if you wish, but I will not see it nevertheless. You do not need to earmark your donation to Ukraine; know that both the MSF and the ICRC are in the area and are saving lives. Any donation, large or small, is welcome and will help.

Donate here or find your local MSF chapter.

After you've donated, please fill out this form; you can choose to stay anonymous, use your full name or an alias. After some brief moderation for spam and abuse, I will post it here so we can all see how it's going. This is on the honor system, I trust you to play fair as I cannot verify your donations (I chose to trust you rather than ask you to trust me in forwarding your money, and in general, international donation campaigns are complex things best left to professionals). Comments and/or messages will be left unpublished. All amounts will be converted to EUR.

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Donations so far

Update 2022-03-22: We have crossed a thousand euros! If there is one thing that I do regret about this scheme, it is that I do not have a way to reach out to you individually to thank you. But you should know you have all made me proud. :-)

Newest donations are listed first.

Donor Amount
domplay 11 EUR
Crukis 25 EUR
Torstein 50 EUR
doge 20 EUR
iceyyy3 61 EUR
Øyvind J. Karstad 21 EUR
Error 1 EUR
Roger 21 EUR
cyre 80 EUR
H 120 EUR
AB 69 EUR
Tomas 26 EUR
Piç Fener 30 EUR
Endre 45 EUR
22 22 EUR
Abaduna 20 EUR
elaina 64 EUR
OS 100 EUR
OssPåVoss 100 EUR
Gunnar 104 EUR
Stein 52 EUR
Ragnhild og Ketil 100 EUR
AneRikke 41 EUR
ZL_n(J) 45 EUR
shahost 50 EUR
Angelehnt 50 EUR
Frank Gomez 45 EUR
Geir 103 EUR
Psykotek 50 EUR
mareinna 100 EUR
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