Interesting chess event in Sweden—can this happen in India?

Swedish industry meets suburbs – in chess

The Swedish Chess Academy, Sportdraget, and the Swedish Chess Federation will on October 20 organize a social project “The Swedish industry meets suburbs” in Stockholm.  This initiative is an effort to create more inclusion of people of ethnic minorities in Sweden through chess, says GM Pontus Carlsson the main organizer for the event.

This initiative is an effort to create more inclusion of people of ethnic minorities in Sweden through chess, says GM Pontus Carlsson.

Chess benefits millions because of its widespread appeal to all regardless of social background.

The tournament pairs a business executive with a child from the suburbs in a team where they alternate moves (without discussion). Twenty four teams compete and the format of the tournament is a round robin with four groups with six teams in each group. The group winners qualify for two semifinal matches and finally, there it is knockout until one winner is crowned.

Astronaut Christer Fuglesang

Among the players are Jan Stahlberg, Partner of EQT and Christer Fuglesang, astronaut and Swedish first and only man in space.

“We will broadcast the games live on the Internet and we also plan to broadcast on web TV via YouTube,” says media officer Ingemar Falk.

The event “The Swedish industry meets suburbs” starts on October 20 at 7:30 PM and will last until 10.30 PM.