The first annual tournament “Chess for Dialogue”, United Nations, New York

June 18, 2015 | Events

At the headquarters of the United Nations, where most meetings of the General Assembly and of the Security Council take place, an event entitled “Chess for Dialogue” – symbolic event for young chess players and chess sports as a whole, was held.


Presenting “The Move of King” cufflinks to Susan Polgar by the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kim Won-soo

“Chess for Dialogue” was organized by the Permanent Missions of Ukraine and Hungary to the United Nations with the support of the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, FIDE, Susan Polgar Foundation, Lobortas Classic Jewelry House. Twenty-talented children and chess players at the same time have the opportunity to see the diplomats, Permanent Representatives to UN, across the chess board, stressing the democracy of the game – chess is played on all continents and in all countries. Both adults and children, men and women, novices and masters, pupils and diplomats play chess. Today the game of chess overcomes all barriers – language, age, social status, and provides the opportunity for meaningful dialogue. Ban Ki-moon’s welcoming remarks, as delivered by Hua Jiang, Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Public Information, stated: “With the help of partners such as the World and National Chess Federations, chess champions and leaders of community programs, we can harness the great potential of this universal sport in our efforts to build a better world. Please accept my best wishes for a memorable event.”

Floyd Sarisohn, a well-known public and political figure, the vice president of the Chess Cоlleсtоrs International, an international organization for chess collectors, was present at the event as an honorable guest.

FIDE International chess federation focused a particular attention as well. The President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent a letter of gratitude to the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Yuriy Anatolyevich Sergeev for the holding of the “Chess for Dialogue” event within the walls of the United Nations headquarters and at the opening of the tournament in her welcoming speech FIDE vice president Beatriz Marinello addressed the participants – diplomats, children and guests of the tournament, stressing an unusual format of the tournament and its relevance and significance for our times.

The tournament, its democracy and deep meaning were noted by Dr. Zsolt Hetesy, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations, in his speech.

In the 21st century chess has acquired a new meaning. This is the maximum application of intelligence in the peaceful competition, and competition in the art of chess manufacture has become one of the manifestations of creative ingenuity of mankind. Both sports and the art in their competitiveness play constructive role only, as an example of peace in the world.

In the 21st century, the century of electronics and computers, the heat and intellectual tension of the game, and the portrayal of the game – pieces, chess fields, have been changed as well. Marches on Bosporan chess set by the artisans of Lobortas Classic Jewelry House – the first in the world one, combining, an excellent and intelligent as well as the game itself – a traditional chess field and a specially-designed electromechanical system with security sensors. Marches on Bosporan – the world’s first electromechanical chess, the first in the world chess with the field entirely made of jade.

Marches on Bosporan have become a part of the history of humanity, not only by the creator’s skill, unique materials and enormity of creative design, but also through its participation in the world’s socio-humanitarian process.

It is on this board Kim Won-soo, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Acting High Representative for Disarmament and legendary chess player, world champion Susan Polgar made a symbolic first move on Chess for Dialogue event, that was a start for friendly competition between children and UN permanent representatives. It is Susan Polgar presented FIDE Grand Prix Cup, created by the artisans of the Lobortas Classic Jewelry House and recently won in the complex combat by an Italian Fabiano Caruana. But in the future someone from those young tournament players may become the holder of that precious trophy!

And it is significant that in the tournament the winner was not determined. As the main objective is not a victory, but the peace, and the peace now is the most important thing for mankind. In memory of the tournament “Chess for Dialog” diplomats and children have signed and gave each other the boards, on which their tournament battles took place. And on the special chess board there were collected signatures of all the participants of the tournament, this board will take a pride of place in the walls of the UN Headquarters.

The memorable badges with the tournament logo, created by the Lobortas House, were solemnly handed over to the organizers and to the honorable guests including Under-Secretary- General, Acting High Representative for Disarmament Kim Won-soo, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to UN Yuriy Anatolyevich Sergeev, Deputy Representative of Hungary to UN Dr. Zsolt Hetesy, Susan Polgar in memory of the first Chess for Dialogue tournament.