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Geneva, Switzerland - 'Everybody Play Chess!'
Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:19
PRIMARY SCHOOL TREMBLEY CHAMPION OF THE FIRST TOURNAMENT "TOUS AUX ECHECS" !

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Nothing like receiving your prizes and diplomas from a World Champion - Alexandra Kosteniuk (Women's World Champion 2008-2010) and Vladimir Kramnik (World Champion 2006-2007)
The Neva Foundation organised on the 11th and 12th of June in Geneva the final of the Interscholastic tournament Tous aux Echecs

56 Geneva students met during a round-robin tournament of 8 teams, all qualified from a qualification tournament that started in schools in May.

After a long day of games played in a festive and passionate atmosphere, the team of Trembley eventually won the coveted trophy.

You can read more below and, if you understand French, there are two very nice short videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxbpHu3IbTk
&
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLkryN8PLnM&feature=youtu.be


Six months after the launch of the program of the Neva Foundation teaching chess in school time, in partnership with the Department of Education, the level of play of little champions was impressive for the professionals! The presence of two former world champions delighted the children, especially the captains of teams that have faced them in duo games. Vladimir Kramnik, World champion between 2000 and 2007, and Alexandra Kosteniuk, World champion in 2008, offered beautiful memories to all those budding players in a memorable exhibition match. 
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On the second day, in front of an impressive crowd, Vladimir Kramnik won the blitz match against Alexandra Kosteniuk 2.5 to 1.5. A team from Pskov, Russia, came for a friendly match facing the team of Vollandes from Geneva.

Overall, 500 children participated in the First Interscholastic Tournament “Tous aux Echecs” which took place at the Théâtre les Salons.

Podium:
1. Trembley
2. Cressy
3. Vollandes

Thanks to Robert Fontaine for the news item.
Photos Credits : ©Charles Xelot
See also http://www.neva-fondation.org/

 
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