After forging diplomatic ties, Bhutan, Israel “connects” through chess

Israel and Bhutan, as part of the Chess4Solidarity initiative, today organized a virtual chess competition to connect two countries and form solidarity between people through the game of chess. The Chess4Solidarity initiative, organized by the Chess4All organization, will connect Israeli and Bhutanese players and form solidarity between people through the game of chess, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“We are happy to explode once again and hope that during the event we can accelerate further events and warm ties between the two countries,” Chess4All said after the announcement of the competition. The event takes place in coordination with the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, which has invested a lot of effort to strengthen Israeli and Bhutanese relations.

This unique event is supported by the Lawfare Project; an organization that helps protect Jews and Israelis around the world from anti-Semitic and prejudicial actions. The initiative will showcase Bhutan’s well-preserved culture during the day’s competition as the event will have live commentary and interactive footage.

This will help people understand the cultures in both countries, allowing the games to reflect the recent normalization between the two states, the Jerusalem Post reported. The two countries in December 2020 establish full diplomatic relations. The countries agreed to formulate a joint work plan in the areas of water management, agriculture, health and other sectors.

The alliance between Israel and Bhutan was formulated after several years of secret talks, the Israeli Foreign Ministry informed. The chess competition will be streamed live on the Twitch streaming platform which is expected to participate in approximately 200-250 players.

Chess4Solidarity organized 12 international chess events with multiple countries, including Morocco and Sudan, which recently signed normalization agreements with Israel, and saw over 2,500 attendees. Now, Bhutan is joining the list of countries with normalized relations with Israel that will now face Israeli players in the game of chess, the Jerusalem Post reported. Chile, Ecuador, Finland, New Zealand and Spain are just some of the many countries that Chess4Solidarity has collaborated with in the past.

Over the past decade, some players from Arab states that have no diplomatic ties to the Jewish state have refused to play against the Israelis. However, in this recent tournament, the players from Lebanon, Syria and other Arab countries that have no diplomatic ties to Israel have signed up to play, the Jerusalem Post reported. Also, on January 31, another event will be held with Chess4Solidairty in collaboration with the Israeli Consulate in New York. There will be a prize of 1500 USD which will be divided among the best competitors. It is estimated that around 400 players will participate in the competition, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“This event is more than just a chess tournament. It is an opportunity to see firsthand how nations can unite at a time when many choose not to “, read the Facebook post by Chess4Solidairty.

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News Highlights:

  • Israel and Bhutan, as part of the Chess4Solidarity initiative, today organized a virtual chess competition to connect two countries and form solidarity between people through the game of chess.
  • After forging diplomatic ties, Bhutan, Israel “connects” through chess