Thursday, 26 May 2016 09:26
Organized by the Neva Foundation, 1200 children took part in the 2nd edition of the schools tournament "Tous aux Echecs"* (All to Chess or maybe All for Chess) on 19 May in Geneva.
The Foundation has introduced chess into 52 schools in and around Geneva. 52 classes, with their teachers and carers, came from those schools to play a five round tournament (see the PDF, in French, for more information and names of the winners). The event needed a huge space and the city made available the main pavillion of the sports centre Bout-du-Monde.
In attendance was former world champion Vladimir Kramnik who was a big hit with the children, as you can see from the photos. A nice touch was that the children selected to play against Kramnik were not picked on the basis of their tournament result, but by a drawing of lots.
"To see the enthusiasm that this tournament arouses in these pupils is our best reward" Delphine Duchosal, Director of the Neva Foundation.
*NB. This "Tous aux Echecs" is not to be confused with the organization "Tous aux Echecs" founded as a joint venture between the French Chess Federation and BNP Paribas in 2008 in Montreuil (outskirts of Paris) which introduces chess to children, often outside the classroom and puts an emphasis on the inter-generational possibilities inherent in the game.
Here is the Neva Foundation's news release (in French).