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Chess for peace: meeting the Dalai Lama

Chess for peace: meeting the Dalai Lama

Twenty-one youth chess players played the 2011 Youth Chess Tournament for Peace at the 2nd Global Conference on World’s Religions at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada on September 7, 2011.

HHDL holding a chess set

At this occasion, Myriam Roy, William Fisher, Félix Dumont, Tristan Coté-Lalumière, Zachary Saine, Xavier St-Cyr, Chin Leung, Matthieu Johnson-Constantin, Diana Serban, Tenzin Kunphel Tsering, Maïli Jade Ouellet, Julian-Camilo Osorio, Justin Friedman, Brandon Benson, Antoine Salvas-Lauzon, Isaac Tomatuk, Frederic Coulombe and April Whyne had the pleasure to meet His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama. The chess event was organized by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism in collaboration with the Chess'n Math Association and MonRoi Inc.

Chess players waiting for His Holiness the Dalai Lama holding Khatas, Matthieu Johnson-Constantin, Xavier St-Cyr and Zachary Saine

Khatas are white silk scarves offered to HHDL as a gesture of offering goodwill and respect. To present a khata you first fold it in half length-wise, this represents the interdependence between yourself and His Holiness the Dalia Lama. Then when you offer the scarf, you offer the open edges facing His Holiness, the folded section will be towards you, which represents your open, pure heart, with no negative thoughts or motives in the offering. The scarf is given with folded hands near your forehead, with ahumble bow before them, with head bent over and palms joined in respect.

HHDL speaks to Brana: “Is this chess set for me? Now I’ll have to learn how to play chess.”

Isaac Tomatuk (Wabannutao Eeyou School) and Maïli Jade Ouellet (École Préville) blessed by His Holiness The Dalia Lama on the stage of the 2nd Global Conference on World’s Religions After 9/11.

The event also celebrated diversity. Members of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), one of the largest groups of First Nations/Native Americans in North America, were present.

Celebrating Diversity at the Chess for Peace Tournament, April Whyne, Brana, Maili Jade Ouellet, Dana Berman

MonRoi established the Chess for Peace token, which will be carried forward. It’s in the shape of a large chess pawn, generously donated by Chess’n Math. The Chess Pawn will turn into a Queen after five hops, and the Chess Queen Token will be carried forward. The token contains names of all the participants of Chess for Peace tournament and was passed to Abbey Emmanuel Alo of Ghana, Africa. Monroi's message carried forward in the token is the Canadian Chess Federation letter.

Vladimir Antoine, Chess’n Math Association with Frederic Coulombe

2011 Youth Chess Tournament for Peace Exhibition Video Memories 

The Chess for Peace event coincided with the 2nd Global Conference for World's Religions After 9/11. The Conference was organized by McGill University and the University of Montreal. Its Convenor Dr. Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University.

Convenor of the 2nd Global Conference for World's Religions After 9/11, Dr. Arvind Sharma & Brana

2nd Global Conference of World's Religions After 9/11,Professors Robert Thurman, Steven T. Katz, Tariq Ramadan, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Professor Gregory Baum, Dean Ellen Aitken

The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism’s mission is to advance social harmony in today's pluralistic society by building bridges of collaboration among different faith traditions. The Chess'n Math Association (CMA) is running a program approved by the Ministry of Education aimed to bring chess in schools across Canada. The organization was founded in 1985 and now has three offices, 20 full-time staff and over 100 qualified chess instructors.

MonRoi Inc. is a St. Laurent-based company, which developed the world’s only patented electronic score keeping device to record, store, view and webcast chess games. MonRoi’s technology enables people worldwide to view live chess tournaments on their computers.

Article kindly provided by Zeljka Malobabic of MonRoi



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Chess Fan's picture

As a Canadian from the western part, the "British side" of Canada, I am so happy and full of pride about Quebec holding this tournament of peace and honoring Canada by having his Holiness, who is a paragon of virtue and an ambassador of peace.
So proud to be a Canadian.

HollandChess's picture

Indeed a wonderful initiative from Canada, thank you.
And thank you HHDL for showing the world and it's youngsters the way!
Chess might be mind boggling, world peace should certainly not. Thank you again.

Chess Fan's picture

To HollandChess:
"Chess might be mind boggling, world peace should certainly not. Thank you again."
Cute comment. Appreciate it. Should be their tournament slogan.

Michael Lubin's picture

Has China denounced these young chess players for interfering with its internal affairs yet?

maybe's picture

maybe not interfering with internal affairs, but I think abuse of the intellectual powers of young chess players

paulus beemster's picture

A horrible man:

An equally bad thing about the Dalai Lama’s article is that he calls Buddhism a religion‚ and indeed in the superstitious demon-ridden polytheistic Tibetan version of it that he leads, that is what it is. But original Buddhism is a philosophy, without gods or supernatural beings—all such explicitly rejected by Siddhartha Gautama in offering a quietist ethical teaching; but he has of course been subjected to the Brian’s Sandal phenomenon in the usual stupid way of time and the masses. A quote from:

Holland Chess's picture

The point remains fully valid:

"Chess might be mind boggling, world peace should certainly not."

References to the internal affairs of Tibet, Chinese communistic agression, horrible men like Mao the serial killer and abuse of young children's minds are not meant at all. Watch the video of the event and read the artcile.

leigh's picture

Most people know nothing about Tibet, Dalai and the affairs between Tibet and China. Let me tell you the truth:
1. Tibet is a province of China.
2. Before Mao entered Tibet, Tibet was a Slave System. Dalai was the biggest slave master, regligious leader and government head.
3. Mao freed all the slave, and gave them clothes, sheep and tents, and let slave's children have chance to be educated. 80% population were slave at that time.
4. Mao forced Dalai focus on religious affairs but he organize a troop to fight with Mao. After he defeated by Mao's troop, he run away to India. There, he had a troop fight with Mao at least 3-5years.
5. Later, he found he couldn't beat Mao. He changed his policy from fighting to peace.


spiky's picture

Mao Zedong was the leader of the Chinese Communist Party from 1935 until his death in 1976. Chairman Mao, as he became known to generations of admiring Western leftists, is arguably the greatest mass murderer in history, eclipsing even the murderous Joseph Stalin in this regard. Some 70 million Chinese, along with countless Tibetans, Mongolians, Manchus, Koreans, Hmong, Uyghurs, and other nationalities, perished at his hands during his long and brutal reign.

Chairman Mao was a sex maniac, as it turned out, who in his later years did in fact prove unstoppable. Around 1953 the “Great Hero” ordered the People’s Liberation Army to provide him with a steady stream of fresh, young, attractive female “recruits.” Leading General Peng Dehuai, later purged, bitterly complained about having to pimp for Mao, comparing it to “selecting imperial concubines."[5] Unlike imperial concubines, however, who had lived in the Forbidden City, had a certain status, and were well cared for, most of Mao’s date rape victims were warned by his bodyguards never to speak of what had happened—and sent packing.

theun's picture

Terrible to see Tariq Ramadan amidst peaceloving folks; he is known for being apologetic towards Islam Fundamentalism and the Iran regime; how much further from peace can you get?

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