On 28 May, the Permanent Representation of Latvia to the European Union jointly with Europchess, a chess club of European instituions, hosted the traditional chess masterclass given by Aleksejs Širovs, a world scale grandmaster from Latvia.
Each year, the chess club invites a prominent master chessplayer from the Presidency of the EU Council for a game in which they face 25 opponents simultaneously. Europchess was happy that Aleksejs Širovs had agreed to play with the club members and share his experience and knowledge in a brief presentation.
"There is much in common between a game of chess and the presidency of the EU Council. Both are great games requiring a strategic approach, respect for the partner, logic and an impeccable command of the situation. Besides, what matters most in both cases, is to know and observe the rules," said Jānis Bērziņš, Press Secretary of the Permanent Representation of Latvia to the EU at the opening of the event.
Chess players of all ages and levels took part in the gaime against Širovs. The Permanent Representation of Latvia to the EU was represented by Kaspars Lintners and also Andrejs Rozentāls, who at nine, was the youngest player in the event and had learned chess at the European School’s chess club. All those interested and chess fans could be present and watch the master class.