Thursday, 19 June 2014

Chessboard Diplomacy

An interesting attempt to foster international co-operation took place in Switzerland yesterday. A team of Swiss parliamentarians took on team of Russian parliamentarians in a friendly, but competitive match. While it might be safe to assume the Russians would have a natural advantage in playing strength, their team was boosted by the former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, who is a current member of the Russian Duma.
While it was supposed to help relations between the two countries, not everyone was happy, and there were complaints about a 'friendly' match with Russia, given the situation in The Ukraine.
A full report of the match is here, although who actually won the match was not stated.

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