Friday, June 13, 2008

A Chess Peace

I like to think that here on the blog, we post about all sorts of chessy things. There's interesting positions, club updates, puzzles, videos, reviews, curiosities, news even of national interest, photograph reports, stuff to file under !?, and that's not the half of it. But reading The Kenyan Chess Blog by Edwin Korir reminded me just how limited our chess issues are - and how lucky in that respect we are.

We don't, after all, blog things like this:
During the months of January and February this year Kenya experienced a period of turmoil never seen in its 45 year post-independence history. After the controversial announcement of the 2007 presidential elections violence erupted across the country leaving in its wake more than 1000 dead and 350,000 displaced...

On Labor Day weekend Chess Kenya organized a chess tournament to select a team for the chess Olympiad to be held in Dresden, Germany later this year. The tournament was a great success; both in chess terms and in efforts to bring the country back to its feet.
That's from the post RISING FROM THE ASHES: How chess is helping reconciliation in Kenya, or click here for the blog frontpage.

Today is Friday 13th; if some terrible fate befalls you on a chess board this weekend, count yourself lucky nonetheless.

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