Chess.com Partners With OnJuno For 2020 Speed Chess Championship Final
Palo Alto, Calif., December 9, 2020—Chess.com is pleased to announce a partnership with OnJuno, a Sequoia-backed neo banking platform. This partnership combines OnJuno’s expertise in checking account management with Chess.com’s world-renowned brand and impressive user base, which totals over 45 million.
“As a big fan of chess growing up, it is exciting to see chess finally take center stage with Hikaru Nakamura and The Queen’s Gambit drawing in a whole new crowd to this sport,” said Varun Deshpande, CEO, and co-founder of OnJuno. “Just the energy and excitement of the chess community is incredible. We are excited to be one of the first tech startups actively reaching out to this audience while supporting the game of chess.”
The partnership will cover the 2020 Speed Chess Championship Final Presented By OnJuno, the 2020 U.S. Championship Online Qualifier, and future collaborations. With this agreement, users will be able to earn 10% cashback on all Chess.com premium membership purchases with an OnJuno Metal Card for a limited time.
This year’s Speed Chess Championship Final is set to start on December 12, as defending champion Hikaru Nakamura will look to defend his title against the best players on Chess.com, including world champion Magnus Carlsen. The U.S. Championship Online Qualifier will qualify one player directly into the 2021 U.S. Chess Championship this month.
“In a year that has seen significant growth in online chess, this partnership demonstrates that forward-thinking organizations understand the commercial viability of our game, and are ready to team up with industry leaders and personalities,” said Isaac Steincamp, Chess.com’s Director of Strategy. “We are excited to be entering a comprehensive partnership with OnJuno where our similarly-aligned vision and values will enable us to collaborate and grow the chess community.”
OnJuno is a cross border banking platform backed by Sequoia Surge, that aims to make banking better and simpler, with more benefits and fewer fees. OnJuno offers its customers a checking account that earns a 2.15% Bonus Rate and is FDIC insured up to $250,000. Unlike CD and traditional savings accounts, OnJuno does not have any restrictions in regards to how long your money is required to stay in the account. OnJuno also offers its members a metal card with 5% cashback on top retailers and merchants.
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