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Diplomat Magazine Chess Tournament 2023

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DIPLOMAT MAGAZINE “For diplomats, by diplomats” Reaching out the world from the European Union First diplomatic publication based in The Netherlands. Founded by members of the diplomatic corps on June 19th, 2013. "Diplomat Magazine is inspiring diplomats, civil servants and academics to contribute to a free flow of ideas through an extremely rich diplomatic life, full of exclusive events and cultural exchanges, as well as by exposing profound ideas and political debates in our printed and online editions." Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Publisher

By Roy Lie Atjam

Chess, is it a sport or an art?  Some say it can be a sport, a science, or an art.

Diplomat Magazine organized an pre-lent chess tournament for diplomats and kiddies. The participants were chess fans of all ages, for example, the youngest participant was 6 years old. As in previous years the tournament aims to consolidate friendship and strengthen solidarity among Diplomats.

The tournament took place at Leonardo Royal Hotel in The Hague, courtesy of the Hotel, 18 February 2023. Participants came from, Albania, Algeria, Belgium, Bosnia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Italy, Japan, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine and the USA. 

The ambassadors of Algeria and Bosnia participated in the tournament. The tournament again attracted children as young as six years old. After a series of matches during which the players made their best tactical moves, Peru excelled. Senegal came second. Among the children, Philippines, Ecuador and Japan.

Chikashiro Hara, from Japan and David Izquierdo from Ecuador.
The Ambassador of Algeria, H.E. Ms. Salima Abdelhak and Col. Luigi Esposito, Military Advisor – Permanent Representation of Italy to the OPCW•Embassy of Italy.

It has been great fun, players enjoyed the networking opportunity. In the end all the players were given trophies or medals as a souvenir of the tournament.   Diplomat Magazine is looking forward to continuing to welcome diverse groups of participants, including the younger ones.    

Cecilia Maria Gonzalez Amaya, Vice-Consul, Embassy of El Salvador and Jesús Andre Hernández León, from the Consulate of Peru.
Henry Pierre Sarr, First Secretary, Embassy of Senegal and Hironori Hara, SEcond Secretary, Embassy of Japan.
Tom Vandecasteele, from Albania, First Diplomat Magazine’s Chess Champion, Roy Lie Atjam, Editor and Dr. Mayelinne De Lara, Diplomat Magazine’s Publisher.
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