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WELCOME to the wonderful world of television game shows. Here is an opportunity for all fully registered PCA PRO PLAYERS to be selected to appear on an exciting NETWORK TELEVISION chess oriented game show called “CHESS WARS”. You can be any skill level of chess player and you can be as young as 12 years old. (Parental or Guardian Permission required.) ITS AN ACTION PACKED SHOW THAT TESTS THE MIND AND BODY! We want to make you a TV star!
We have two hosts on the “CHESS WARS” television show. Please say hello to Samantha. Samantha is the host who will be presenting you with the $1,000,000 USD Check if you win the game! The male host has yet to be cast but we are down to a short list of six potential hosts out of thousands of possibilities. We will announce the successful host on this page shortly so check back to see who it is.
Samantha, the new hostess of “CHESS WARS”
Samantha is a model who has graced the covers and pages of various fashion magazines. She has walked the runways on many major fashion events. Samantha is also an actress and a recording artist as well as being an accomplished businesswoman. Samantha is part of the team of PCA “CHESS WARS” television show. Besides giving contestants a check for $1,000,000 USD CASH if they should happen to win on “CHESS WARS”, Samantha will also be overseeing the awarding of hundreds of other prizes from cars, trucks, trips, cruises, and boats!
“CHESS WARS” is the first of several different daily network television shows designed by PCA for international television broadcast and is already in pre-production. Audition applications for contestants are now open, but remember you must be a fully registered PCA PRO PLAYER to audition.
PCA has designed the “CHESS WARS” game show to be the richest game show in the history of television. There will be be a total of $200,000,000 USD in cash and prizes that can be won during the production of these daily network television shows. Our various distribution platforms mean that “CHESS WARS” will be aired around the world on a DAILY BASIS.
This is a great opportunity for any chess player belonging to the PCA Professional Chess Association. Not only is there cash to be won, but other prizes include exotic cruises, cars, motor cycles, boats and even a safari. If you love to play chess and have an outgoing personality, then read on. Become a PCA PRO PLAYER member NOW and apply for one of the spots on the show!
Remember,you must be a PCA PRO MEMBER to apply.
The auditions for the “CHESS WARS” TV SHOW allow those selected PCA members to compete for the chance to win $1.000,000 USD CASH, plus other valuable prizes. The auditions process, an outline of the game, and the rules of the show are as follows:
OFFICIAL RULES (SEASON 1)
1. Description: “CHESS WARS”, the syndicated television game show, is an on-air program of thirty (30) minutes in length (subject to change) (the “Program”). To qualify to become a Contestant on the Program individuals must be fully registered PCA PRO PLAYERS and must go through an audition process (see Rule 3 below). There are a number of steps that applicants must go through in order to be selected:
(a) When you register as a PCA PRO PLAYER and you want to audition, the first thing you must do is fill in the audition form provided. Please note that in the audition form we need you need to provide us with a SKYPE address or a SKYPE account for yourself. If you do not have a Skype account yet, make sure that you get one before you register as a PCA PRO PLAYER. Also in that email, provide a link to a youtube.com video that shows us what you look like, speak like, and tell us what your interests are. Provide us with your phone number and what State, Province or Country you are from. Also, tell us what level chess player you are. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an expert. We are looking for interesting and exciting personalities.
(b) If we contact you by phone, Skype or email for an audition, please be available at an appointed time to undertake a preliminary audition interview on Skype.
(c) Individuals who do not receive a passing grade for the auditions (to be determined at the sole discretion of SuperVision Entertainment. (the “Producer”) will be eliminated from the first round selection process but will be placed in the ‘backup contestant pool‘. In the event that a selected contestant does not show up for a scheduled taping, the Producers will select a replacement contestant from the ‘backup pool.’
(d) Individuals who do receive a passing score will continue with a second more in depth audition interview. Producer, in its sole discretion, will determine which people have passed the audition/s interview process. Those people will be put into a ‘pool’ along with all other individuals who have passed the audition/s interview process for possible selection as a Contestant (defined below) for the Program (“Contestant Pool”).
(e) For each episode of the Program, the Producer, in its sole discretion, will select Potential Contestants (defined below) from the “Contestant Pool” to appear as Contestants who will play the “CHESS WARS” game on the Program in which they can win up to One Million Dollars USD ($1,000,000) by winning a game of chess and using skill to choose the correct six squares on the large chess board video wall. Correctly choosing all six squares will result in a cash award of $1,000,000 USD Cash! Correctly choosing five squares will result in the contestant winning $100,000 USD Cash, correctly choosing four squares will win $50,000 USD cash. Any of the three remaining squares will win $10,000 cash or a valuable prize as indicated by the square chosen. There are also a number of ‘Boobie’ prizes that will eliminate the player if chosen. This is the (“Game”).
A. Contestants must be either legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or District of Columbia, or a resident of Canada and its territories. All Contestants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older unless a special youth release form is signed by a parent or guardian. Contestants cannot be less than 12 years of age on the date of appearance, or,
*Contestants may be foreign nationals with the necessary identification documents and visa’s, (if required) to make them eligible to participate in the Game. Enquiries by foreign nationals can be made directly to firstname.lastname@example.org However, all applicants, regardless of where they are from, must be current members of the PCA. Part of the membership process for all members is to provide preliminary information to us that we use to create your PCA PRO PLAYER profile. We use this profile to initially connect with you on SKYPE so please make sure you have a SKYPE account.
B. Employees, their immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother and their spouses), and those living in the same household, of Supervision Entertainment, PCA Professional Chess Association, official sponsors of the program, all “CHESS WARS” production personnel, advertising agencies or any person or entity connected with the production, administration or judging of this Program or Network Program (defined below), or any of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents or representatives are not eligible. Employees, their immediate family members (spouse, mother, father, daughter, son, sister, brother and their spouses) and those living in the same household, of television stations broadcasting the Program, are not eligible. In addition, any individuals acquainted with any persons who are or have been connected with the production, administration or judging of the Program or the Primetime Program (defined below) are not eligible, if in the Producer’s sole discretion, the individual’s participation could create the appearance of impropriety. All eligibility determinations shall be made by Producer in its sole discretion.
C. Any individual who currently holds a political office, and/or will be a legally qualified candidate for any type of political office from the date hereof and continuing for one (1) year from the date of initial broadcast of the episode(s) in which he/she appears is not eligible.
D. Any Potential Contestant (as defined below) who has appeared on any television game show exhibited on broadcast television that (i) had its first original broadcast within one (1) year prior to the date of the qualifying phone call (see Rule 3(E), below) or (ii) is intended to have its first original broadcast within one (1) year following the qualifying phone call, is not eligible (subject to Rule 2(F) below). In addition, any Potential Contestant subject to an exclusivity or other restriction to participating in the Program is not eligible.
E. Any Potential Contestant must be available to travel to Las Vegas, NV (or to such location as the Producer in his sole discretion shall advise) with an eligible “Plus One” to “Plus Three” companion/s (see Rule 3(G) below), at their own expense, and provide their own accommodations and transportation in Las Vegas, NV for the duration of their appearance on the Program. Contestants, “Plus One”to “Plus Three” companions and all others accompanying Contestants to a taping of the Program are solely responsible for expenses incurred in connection with their appearance on the Program and the Producer will not reimburse any Contestant or companion for such expenses. The one to three persons accompanying the Contestant can act as ‘second’s, cheer leaders, or advisers to the contestant during the “CHESS WARS” game. The more support you have the better it is.
3. Contestant Qualification:
Individuals interested in appearing on the Program (“Applicants”) can apply by submitting an AUDITION application form on this site. It is available under the “CHESS WARS” tab at the top of the page. It is important that in the message space of that audition submission you tell us as much as you can about yourself. It is also important that you have some video of yourself posted on youtube.com so that we can see and hear you. So make sure that you provide a link to that video for us. If we like what we see we will contact you by email to set up a preliminary audition by SKYPE so make sure your SKYPE account is active. If we like what we see and hear then we will follow up with a second SKYPE interview. Applicants who advance past the second audition interview will be put into the Contestant Pool (“Potential Contestants”). Applicants can remain in the Contestant Pool for the then-current production year and the following two production years and may only be qualified for the Contestant Pool once during this period. Producer, in its sole discretion, will select Potential Contestants from the Contestant Pool who will receive a qualifying call (see Rule 3(E), below). During the qualifying call, the Potential Contestant must confirm information provided during the audition process, verify eligibility, and be available to come to the studio for the Tape Date(s) (defined below) selected by Producer. Qualifying calls will be made to the phone number provided on the audition application form or provided during the audition process. Qualifying calls cannot be made to pager numbers. Those Potential Contestants who are selected from the Contestant Pool, meet all Producer’s requirements will be qualified as Contestants and may, at Producer’s election, advance to the Program (“Contestants”).
B. In-Person Audition Procedure
PCA may hold and organize AUDITIONS for “CHESS WARS” contestants in various cities or locations that will be announced on this site and elsewhere. To apply to appear as a Contestant on the Program through the in-person audition process, Applicants must go to a designated audition site and follow the instructions provided at the site. Admission to the audition session(s) is not guaranteed to everyone who arrives at the audition site. Admission to the audition session(s) is at the sole discretion of Producer. Producer reserves the right to deny admission to anyone it feels may be disruptive to the audition process. Producer also reserves the right to limit the number of times any individual may audition to become a Contestant. Before being admitted to an audition session, Applicants must provide picture identification and proof of age and residency. This information is subject to verification and Applicants giving incorrect or false information will be disqualified. Applicants must complete an audition within the specified time limitations and may take the test only once per audition day. Applicants who do not receive a passing score (to be determined in the Producer’s sole discretion) will be eliminated from the primary audition and placed into the ‘backup pool’ of contestants. Applicants who do receive a passing score will continue with an audition interview. The Producer, in its sole discretion, will determine which Applicants have passed the primary audition interview.
C. Types of In-Person Auditions
i. Regularly Scheduled Auditions:
Regularly scheduled auditions for the Program will take place in Los Angeles, CA. Las Vegas, NV. Vancouver, British Columbia, Calgary, and Edmonton Alberta. All applicants must be fully registered PCA PRO PLAYERS and must provide us with an AUDITION Application form in advance. If we decide to hold “in-person” AUDITIONS”, all applicants on file will be contacted by email advising them of the locations and the dates of the “in-person” auditions.
ii. Ticket Holder Auditions:
Individuals who attend a taping of the Program as part of the audience will have the opportunity to audition to be a Contestant on the Program. Applicants must follow the same procedure by becoming members of the PCA and filling in the audition application form. Please remember that this is a PCA organized event for PCA registered players. If you wish to participate you must become a PCA member ion good standing.
iii. Specially Announced Auditions:
From time to time the Producer may announce special auditions for the standard Program or specialty versions of the Program (see 4(B), below.) The dates and locations for auditions will be announced via various means, including, but not limited to, www.professionalchessassociation.com and local media. The number of people to be tested will be determined by Producer in its sole discretion but no more than Two Thousand Five Hundred (2,500) Applicants will be tested per audition day.
iv. Team Auditions:
From time to time Producer may elect to schedule special episodes of the Program in which sixteen (16) people will play as a team (in what we call ‘FULL CONTACT” chess). The first draft of these teams will be offered to the ‘backup’ contestant pool that auditioned in the order they were received. In those instances, all members of the team must take an audition test and all members of the team must receive a passing score to continue the audition process as a team (unless otherwise determined by Producer in its sole discretion with respect to a particular specialty edition of the Program). If all team members receive a passing score, the team will continue with the audition interview. If all team members all receive a passing score on the audition interview, the team will be placed into the team Contestant Pool. If selected by Producer each member of the team will receive the qualifying phone call. Teams of Potential Contestants whose members are all available for the qualifying phone call and meet all eligibility requirements will be qualified as Contestants and advance to a team episode of Program. Please note that this is a “FULL CONTACT CHESS GAME” and contestants must be physically fit. This “FULL CONTACT” game is open to both men and women teams.
D. Remote Auditions
To apply to appear as a Contestant on the Program through the remote audition process, Applicants must submit and audition application form as explained in (1) and provide the requested information and a link to a sixty (60) second or more audition video of the Applicant uploaded to YouTube or such other video streaming website as may be specified by Producer, in its sole discretion. Producer upon selecting certain applicants may require additional footage of contestants and require the contestant to make him/her available for the production of short personal video highlighting some interesting facts and stories about him/her. This will be at the sole cost of the Producer.
E. Qualifying Call
For each episode of the Program, Producer will, in its sole discretion, select Potential Contestants from the Contestant Pool to appear as Contestants on the Program. Upon selection, a representative of the Program will contact the Potential Contestant at the telephone number provided on the audition application. If the representative reaches an electronic answering device, voicemail inbox, professional answering service or another person when the Potential Contestant is not at the number called, the representative will leave a message that an attempt to reach the Potential Contestant has been made and inform the Potential Contestant that he/she must return the call by no later than 5:00PM PT on the next business day. All return calls to the Program representatives must be made between 9:00AM ET and 5:00PM PT Monday through Friday, and any return calls that are made outside of these designated hours will not be accepted as valid return calls. If a message is left for the Potential Contestant and the Potential Contestant does not contact the Program representative, during the designated hours, the Potential Contestant will be put back into the Contestant Pool and will remain eligible for possible future selection by the Producer. All calls will be recorded for quality control assurance purposes. Failure to allow phone calls to be recorded will result in the Potential Contestant being disqualified and he/she will be removed from the Contestant Pool.
During the qualifying phone call, Potential Contestants must verify information that they provided during the audition. If the information provided by the Potential Contestant during the qualifying phone call does not match the information previously provided at on the audition application form then he/she will be disqualified and removed from the Contestant Pool. All Potential Contestants must meet the eligibility requirements stated in Rule 2 of these official rules of the Program (“Official Rules”). All Potential Contestants who are disqualified as a result of ineligibility will be removed from the Contestant Pool. Any Potential Contestant who currently holds a political office or will be a legally qualified candidate for any type of political office within one year from the time his/her episode of the Program is scheduled to broadcast will not be able to complete the qualification call, but he/she will be put back into the Contestant Pool and will remain eligible for possible future selection by the Producer.
If a Potential Contestant meets all eligibility requirements, he/she will be qualified as a Contestant and will be given a date to come to Las Vegas, NV to appear on an episode(s) of the Program as a Contestant (“Tape Date”). Contestants must be available to travel to Las Vegas, NV for the Tape Date selected by the Producer and must remain available for tapings for the duration of their appearance on the Program. Contestants are solely responsible for making their own arrangements for travel to Las Vegas, NV, and for accommodations and transportation while appearing on the Program. The Producer is not responsible for any expenses incurred by Contestants in connection with their appearance on the Program and will not reimburse any Contestant for such expenses. If any Contestant is not available on the Tape Date selected by the Producer, or is not able to pay for travel to Las Vegas, NV, then the Contestant will be put back into the Contestant Pool and will remain eligible for possible future selection by the Producer.
Each Contestant will be asked to verbally agree that if he/she does not arrive at the studio at his/her scheduled arrival time on his/her Tape Date, he/she may be disqualified from the Program as a Contestant, at the Producer’s sole discretion. It will be the responsibility of the Contestant to arrange for transportation to the studio on his/her Tape Date. The Contestant will also be asked to verbally agree to abide by the complete Official Rules of the Program, including, but not limited to, the condition that all decisions regarding Game play and/or questions rest with the judges whose decisions are final. If the Contestant refuses to agree to consent to and, upon arrival in Las Vegas, NV refuses to sign the Official Rules and the required releases, the Contestant will be disqualified and removed from the Contestant Pool. The Potential Contestants who are available for the qualifying phone call, meet all eligibility requirements and all other conditions hereunder will advance to the Program as Contestants.
F. Contestant Pool
Potential Contestants are eligible to be selected as Contestants during the then current production year and the following two production years. A Potential Contestant will be removed from the Contestant Pool if he/she has not been selected as a Contestant by the end of the second production year following the production year during which the Potential Contestant auditioned. Such individuals will need to complete the audition process again in order to reenter the Contestant Pool for the Program. Program production years run from June to December. The eligibility of any Potential Contestant who auditioned prior to August 1, 2018, will all be eligible for the Contestant Pool.
Each Contestant must each be accompanied by at least one (1-3) companion/s who meet(s) the eligibility requirements. The “Plus One” – “Plus Three” companions are solely responsible for making their own arrangements for travel to Las Vegas, NV, and for accommodations and transportation while participating in the Program. An individual participating as a “Plus One” – “Plus Three” may do so only two (2) times within each Program broadcast year (i.e. episodes having a scheduled initial broadcast date between September 2018 and August 2019). If any Contestant arrives without an eligible “Plus One” – “Plus Three” companion or that Contestant’s “Plus One” – “Plus Three” companion/s refuses to sign the required releases, the Contestant will not play the Game on that Tape Date, but will be put back into the Contestant Pool and remain eligible for possible future selection by the Producer. The “Plus One” – “Plus Three” companion/s may only be one person to three persons who are supporters of the Contestant who may or not be included within the content of the show. Al persons attending the taping of the show with the Contestant must be identified by the Contestant upon arrival at the studio on his/her Tape Date.
4. The Program:
A. Standard Game
All Contestants and their “Plus One” – “Plus Three” companions who are assigned the same Tape Date will travel to Las Vegas, NV at their own expense, to participate in episode(s) taped on that particular Tape Date. Multiple episodes will be recorded on each Tape Date.
The order in which Contestants play the game will be determined at the sole discretion of Producer. At the completion of the first Contestant’s Game play the second two Contestants will begin Game play and this procedure will continue until all episodes for the given Tape Date are completed. On episodes of the Program where a Contestant does not finish Game play when the “times up” buzzer sounds at the end of the episode (“Holdover Contestant”), the Holdover Contestant will complete his/her Game play on the next available episode of a standard Program (A “standard” Program is a program other than a Special Subject Week episode, Special Player Week episode, or celebrity or other special edition of the Program or the Network Program.) Any Contestant who did not play the Game on their available Tape Date (“Unplayed Contestant”) will be rescheduled to play on the next scheduled Tape Date for a standard Program; provided that Tape Dates for non-specialty episodes of the Program still remain in the then current production season.
B. Specialty Episodes
i. Special Subject Weeks
Producer reserves the right to produce specialty episodes of the Program where the subject matter for the Program questions, will deal with a particular subject rather than general knowledge. Such episodes will be grouped together and run for up to a week (“Special Subject Week”). Contestants for a Special Subject Week must be specifically qualified for such Special Subject Week using tests and/or requirements to be determined in the Producer’s sole discretion. The first episode of a Special Subject Week will begin with a Special Subject Week Contestant who is scheduled for such episode’s Tape Date. The Producer will determine in its sole discretion whether the last episode of the Special Subject Week must end with a Contestant completing Game Play (by either winning, stopping play or being eliminated) or whether a Special Subject Week Contestant may be held over to complete Game Play on the next scheduled Tape Date. Special Subject Week Contestants who do not have the opportunity to play the Game during the Special Subject Week may be put into the Contestant Pool or may be required to go through the standard audition process, at the Producer’s sole discretion based on the process used to qualify the Contestant for the Special Subject Week. The Producer reserves the right to have different question structure and/or prize structure or alter the Program in other ways for Special Subject Week episodes.
ii. Special Player Weeks
Producer reserves the right to produce specialty episodes of the Program where the Contestants are selected using special criteria to be determined by the Producer (e.g. teams, celebrities, college students, high school chess clubs, and ‘little ones’ etc.). Such episodes will be grouped together and run for up to a week (“Special Player Week”). Contestants for a Special Player Week must be specifically qualified for such Special Player Week using tests and/or requirements to be determined in the Producer’s sole discretion. The first episode of a Special Player Week will begin with a Special Player Week Contestant who is scheduled for such episode’s Tape Date. The Producer will determine in its sole discretion whether the last episode of the Special Player Week must end with a Contestant completing Game play (by either winning, stopping play or being eliminated) or whether a Special Player Week Contestant may be held over to complete Game play on the next scheduled Tape Date. Special Player Week Contestants who do not have the opportunity to play the Game during the Special Player Week may be put into the Contestant Pool or may be required to go through the standard audition process, at the Producer’s sole discretion based on the process used to qualify the Contestant for the Special Player Week. If such Contestants would have played the Game as members of a team during the Special Player Week episodes they may be placed back into the Contestant Pool in Producer’s sole discretion as either team members or individuals. The Producer reserves the right to have different question structure (including, but not limited to, changing the subject matter of the questions from general knowledge to specific subject areas) and/or prize structure or alter the Program in other ways for Special Player Week episodes.
iii. Double Your Money
Producer may, for a period of time, in its sole discretion, and otherwise subject to the rules herein, allow for the value assigned to one, several, or all PCA “CHESS WARS” games(s) to be doubled (“Double Your Money”). All prizes are subject to the terms of Rule 5, below, including but not limited to, payment of prizes in excess of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000).
Double Your Money is in effect only during the episode(s) of the Program designated by the Producer. Should a Contestant who begins Game play during an episode designated as Double Your Money become a Holdover Contestant (see Rule 4(A), above), and continue during an episode of the Program that is not designated Double Your Money, then the Double Your Money feature will no longer be available to that Contestant. If a Holdover Contestant begins Game play during a standard episode of the Program and continues Game play during an episode of the Program designated as Double Your Money, that Contestant may have the opportunity to answer one or more Double Your Money question(s).
C. Game Play
All Contestants will be asked to play a game of chess “CHESS WARS” sometimes known as “BLITZ CHESS” which is a chess game played very quickly and with varying degrees of difficulty, as determined in the sole discretion of the Producer. “CHESS WARS” is played on a 32′ X 32′ giant chess board in the television studio. The “CHESS WARS” chess pieces are also giant and almost 4′ tall. The “CHESS WARS” game is timed and each player can earn points by taking the other players pieces. This makes for a very aggressive and fast game because if the game does not arrive at “CheckMate” prior to time running out, the game is decided by who has the most points. Contestants who win the “CHESS WARS” game must then go to the giant video wall which is an electronic chess board. Every square has a prize. Some are called “Booby Prizes” some are additional amounts of cash or trips, cruises, cars or trucks. If the player chooses the correct six (6) positions on the large video wall that represents a giant Chess Board, the PCA PRO PLAYER wins One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in accordance with the prize table set forth in Rule 5, below. A Contestant may have a certain amount of time limit prior to locking in a “final position” for the six chess pieces and squares.
When answering a question by the host, the Contestant must lock in their answer by stating their answer choice and saying the word(s) “final” or “final position” for the chess pieces. Once the Contestant has said “final” or “final position,” the choice of each of the six squares on the giant video wall chess board is locked and cannot be changed. The choice of squares must be made before the timer clock buzzes or the Contestant wins nothing.
The host may ask the Contestant if he will take some money for the final position choice of the squares on the video wall. If the Contestant chooses to walk away at any time prior to locking in an answer to the current question, he/she will receive the prize money offered to that point. For example, if the Contestant chooses to walk away with ($10,000) that the host has offered instead of knowing if his square choice may provide the Contestant with $1,000,000, he leaves with the ($10,000). Then the prizes behind his selection of the six squares, if any, are revealed.
From time to time, in its sole discretion, the Producer may supplement one of the cash prize dollar values with a non-cash prize. If a Contestant correctly chooses a square with a non-cash prize attached, the Contestant will receive the non-cash prize in addition to advancing through the Game. Any non-cash prize earned by the Contestant will not be forfeited.
ii. Time Limit
Contestants who fail to either make a chess move in the “CHESS WARS” Game or choose the six squares on the video wall within a reasonable period of time, as determined in the sole discretion of the Producer, may be disqualified.
The Contestants and their respective “Plus One” – “Plus Three” companions for each Tape Date and specific episode, if applicable, will travel to Las Vegas, NV at their own expense, and provide their own accommodations and transportation for the duration of their appearance on the Program. The Producer is not responsible for any expenses incurred by Contestants and their “Plus One” companions in connection with their appearance on the Program and will not reimburse any Contestant or his/her “Plus One” companion for any such expenses. The Producer will determine how long the Contestant and his/her “Plus One” companion is required to stay in Las Vegas, NV. Based on the scheduling of Tape Dates, any Holdover Contestants and Unplayed Contestants and their respective “Plus One” companions may be required to remain available to return to the studio on the next available date that a standard Program will be taped. The travel and transportation arrangements for all returning Holdover Contestants and Unplayed Contestants and their respective “Plus One” companions shall be the sole responsibility of the Contestant and his/her “Plus One” – “Plus Three” companion/s.
Contestants may win cash prizes corresponding to the number of correctly picked squares on the video wall of the set. Prizes are awarded in accordance with the following prize table.
|Select Correct Squares
|Cash Prize||Bonus Square|
|*See below for distribution of $500,000 and $1,000,000 prizes|
Provided the Contestant meets all requirements of Producer, cash prizes of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) or less will be awarded to Contestants thirty (30) days following the date on which the episode in which the Contestant completed Game play is first broadcast. Winners of cash prizes of Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000), who meet all requirements of Producer, will be awarded (i) Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) thirty (30) days following the date on which the episode in which the Contestant completed Game play is first broadcast and (ii) Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) paid in equal annual installments over the following ten (10) years. Winners of cash prizes of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000), who meet all requirements of Producer, will be awarded (i) Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) thirty (30) days following the date on which the episode in which the Contestant completed Game play is first broadcast and (ii) Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000) paid in equal annual installments over the following twenty (20) years. In cases where a Contestant will receive the annual payments described above (“Periodic Payments”), the Producer reserves the right, in its sole discretion and without prior notice, to assign Producer’s obligation and liability to make such payments to a third party.
At the sole discretion of the Producer the entire amount of major prizes may be paid out immediately or within 30 days following the date on which the episode in which the Contestant completed game play is first broadcast.
Contestant acknowledges and agrees that Producer may have the option to enter into a Non-Qualified Assignment with an annuity payment provider, selected in Producer’s sole discretion, (“Annuity Provider”) to assume Producer’s Periodic Payment obligation to the Contestant. Annuity Provider’s obligation for payment of the Periodic Payments shall be no greater than that of the Producer immediately preceding the transfer of the Periodic Payment obligation. Any such transfer, if made, shall be accepted by the Contestant without right of rejection and shall completely release and discharge the Producer from the Periodic Payments obligation assigned to Annuity Provider. The Contestant recognizes that, in the event of such an assignment, Annuity Provider shall be the sole obligor with respect to the Periodic Payments obligation. The Contestant shall be responsible for maintaining a current mailing address for Contestant with Annuity Provider.
In instances when the combined value of the Contestant’s cash prizes, if any, is Six Hundred Dollars ($600) or more, the Contestant will receive a Form 1099, which is the form used to report such amounts to the Internal Revenue Service. Should the “CHESS WARS” program be produced in Canada then the appropriate Canadian tax form will be issued reporting such income to Canada Revenue Agency. (CRA) Contestants should consult with their own tax advisors regarding the tax consequences of participating in the Program. Prizes are non-transferable.
6. Publicity: All Contestants and Potential Contestants understand and agree that all publicity in connection with the Program is under the sole control of Producer. Therefore, all Contestants and Potential Contestants agree to consult with Producer regarding any and all publicity (including, but not limited to, television, radio, print and online interviews, blog or chat room posts, communications on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, text messages, and any other form of electronic communication) in connection with the Contestant’s involvement with the Program and shall not consent to any publicity without prior approval of Producer. Failure to comply with this provision may result in disqualification of the Potential Contestant or the Contestant’s forfeiting of any prize won during his/her participation on the Program.
7. General Conditions: No purchase necessary but must be a fully registered professional chess player in the Professional Chess Association on the date of tapping of the show and must remain a member in good standing of the Association in order to receive the prize/s if any that may be won of the show. Void where prohibited. This Program and Game are being conducted under the supervision of Supervision Entertainment. By participating, each Contestant accepts and agrees to be bound by these rules and by the decisions of Supervision Entertainment. which are final and binding on all matters relating to all aspects of the Game, including, but not limited to interpretation of questions and answers. Rules and dates are subject to change. Producer reserves the right to change the number of chess games that are played on the show and also the number of squares to be correctly chosen to win the $1,000,000 for the Game.
Contestants for each Tape Date will be required to read and sign a Contestant release and eligibility form and a copy of the Program Official Rules. Failure by any Contestant to sign the Official Rules and/or the Contestant Release will result in the Contestant’s disqualification. Contestants agree to indemnify Supervision Entertainment., PCA Professional Chess Association, official sponsors of the Program, all “CHESS WARS” production personnel, participating television stations, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors and employees, and to hold them harmless from any and all liability, claim, action, damage, expense and loss of any kind caused by or arising out of any statement or action or omission of Contestant during, or in connection with Contestant’s participation in the Program or during, or in connection with any travel taken by Contestant. Failure by Contestant to agree with this requirement will result in Contestant’s disqualification. Producer reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Program, acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and/or with intent to annoy, accuse, threaten or harass any other individual, or in violation of these Official Rules. If the rescheduling of an Unplayed Contestant(s) to a new Tape Date, causes such Tape Date to become over booked, then the Producer reserves the right to reschedule initially scheduled Contestant(s) for such Tape Date, to another Tape Date. Further, if in Producer’s sole discretion an exigent circumstance has occurred, Producer reserves the right to reschedule a Contestant(s) to participate on a future Tape Date of the Program instead of the Tape Date and specific episode, if applicable, for which the Contestant(s) was/were initially scheduled. Any Contestant who provides incomplete or incorrect information may be disqualified and forfeit any prize money and non-cash prizes.
All federal, State, Provincial and local laws and regulations apply. Contestants consent to the use of their name, voice, photograph or likeness, recordings and biographical information obtained by Supervision Entertainment and PCA Professional Chess Association ., and its parent, affiliated and subsidiary companies for advertising and promotional purposes, without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Producer is not responsible for full or partial preemption of any local programming. Producer reserves the right not to broadcast any segment up to and including a Contestant’s entire appearance on the Program. Producer reserves the right to edit any portion of an episode of the Program not affecting the outcome of Game play. Any person attempting to defraud or in any way tamper with the Program will be disqualified, will forfeit any prize money and non-cash prizes, and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
8. Technical Difficulties: Supervision Entertainment, PCA Professional Chess Association., production personnel, participating television stations, official sponsors of the program, and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors and employees shall not be responsible for any technical malfunctions, fraudulent calls, printer or other errors, telephone or computer malfunctions (including without limitations with respect to the use of Skype), telephone disconnection or interruption, incorrect or inaccurate transmission of information whether caused by the player or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Program or any human error which may occur.
All technical difficulties or mechanical failures in connection with the Program will be handled at the sole discretion of the judges whose decisions are final. If a technical difficulty, mechanical failure, human error or other abnormality affecting Game play occurs during the taping of an episode of the Program, the judges will review the situation on a case-by-case basis and take appropriate action to preserve the integrity of the Program. If it is determined in the sole discretion of the judges that the technical difficulty, mechanical failure or human error corrupted Game play, the effected play will be discarded and a new segment will be recorded.
9. Rule Requirements: For a copy of this set of official rules, send an email to email@example.com referencing CHESS WAR Rules, Supervision Entertainment.
10. Producer: This Game is sponsored by Supervision Entertainment. Any questions concerning this Program should be directed to Supervision Entertainment, and should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Rules are subject to change without notice. Supervision Entertainment reserves the right to change, add to, delete from, modify or amend its rules at its sole discretion.
Any questions should be directed to: email@example.com