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"ChessMates Association" now "ChessMates International"

   Connecting the new generation of chess players   

For several years now, Rotterdam, Paris and Murmansk have formed the core of an annual international tournament cycle in which talented chess youth players have the opportunity to measure themselves as a team at an international level. 

Bringing together smart teenagers from different cultural backgrounds, speaking different languages ​​but at least having one thing in common: they are all enchanted by the wonderful and infinite combinations of the chess game, ensuring common understanding and natural harmony, which is no unnecessary luxury in 2019’s more and more polarizing world. We are all ChessMates!


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The Founding fathers of ChessMates® are chess organizations from Paris, Rotterdam and Murmansk. From Paris the "Ligue de l’IIe de France des Echecs", from Rotterdam "Foundation Pathena" and from Murmansk the "Murmansk Regional Chess Federation".

By signing the ChessMates charter, they commit themselves to each other and will organize a youth chess tournament at least once every 3 years, with the participation of  all 3 founding teams, supplemented with a few other teams. This way, these organizations ensure that in the coming years there will continue to be a beautiful international stage for talented chess youth from our regions.

Signing of the Charter is a first step in this collaboration; in the future, other cities may join, and international cooperation will become even greater.

ChessMates provides a strong platform for international youth chess.

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The signing of the charter took place on 29 March 2019, at Hôtel de Lauzun in Paris, where representatives from various embassies and cities were also be present. 

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The ChessMates Charter


  1. The goal of ChessMates® is to place team chess competition at the service of harmonious development of friendship and respect between young chess players from different cultural backgrounds and nationalities.

  2. ChessMates is a non-profit organization.

  3. Members of the ChessMates Team will primarily be selected from passionate junior chessplayers loving the game but who do not necessarily want to become professional chess players.

  4. The competitions will be between teams only and will in principle be held in the city or region of ChessMates teams. Each team will consist of 10 (ten) players with two players from each of the following categories: U12, U14, U16, U18 and U20.

  5. Each ChessMates team will have at least one girl and one boy.

  6. The members of the ChessMates family will use reasonable endeavors to promote the ChessMates trademark, its brand an its logo.

  7. The members of the ChessMates family will use reasonable endeavors to organise a ChessMates tournament every three years.

  8. Members of the ChessMates family will be granted a revocable, non-exclusive, free of charge license to use the ChessMates trademark and the ChessMates logo for their team and the members of their team for branding and funding purposes.

  9. The members of the ChessMates family will ex officio be invited to the tournaments organized by members of the ChessMates family.

  10. Belonging to the ChessMates family requires compliance with this ChessMates Charter.


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Our tournaments

Paris, March 29-31, 2019

This year’s event took place in Paris, where teams from Ireland and England completed the list inadditoin to the teams from Russia, France and The Netherlands.

The location is the beautiful and historic Hôtel de Lauzun, in the middle of Paris and tthe event was organized by Lique Ile-de-France des Echecs.