Chess For Peace Exhibition PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Wed, Sep 21 2011 (00:49)


Meeting His Holiness The Dalai Lama


Twenty one youth chess players played the 2011 Youth Chess Tournament for Peace at the 2nd

Global Conference on World’s Religions at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada

on September 7, 2011. At this occasion,  Myriam Roy, William Fisher, Félix Dumont, Tristan

Coté-Lalumière, Zachary Saine, Xavier St-Cyr, Chin Leung, Matthieu Johnson-Constantin,

Diana Serban, Tenzin Kunphel Tsering, Maïli Jade Ouellet, Julian-Camilo Osorio, Justin

Friedman, Brandon Benson, Antoine Salvas-Lauzon, Isaac Tomatuk, Frederic Coulombe and April

Whyne had the pleasure to meet His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama.


HHDL holding a chess set, All of us are very grateful for this wonderful gesture!


The chess event was organized by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism in collaboration with the Chess'n Math Association and MonRoi Inc. Myriam Roy was the Section A MonRoi PCM Winner and Zachary Saine was the Section B MonRoi PCM Winner. We’ve known Myriam since the world’s first International Women Grand-Prix, which was organized by MonRoi in collaboration with a number of chess organizations.


Myriam Roy with her father holding MonRoi PCM


Chess players waiting for His Holiness the Dalai Lama holding Khatas, Matthieu Johnson-Constantin, Xavier

St-Cyr and Zachary Saine


Khatas are white silk scarves offered to HHDL as a gesture of offering goodwill and respect. To present a khata you first fold it in half length-wise, this represents the interdependence between yourself and His Holiness the Dalia Lama. Then when you offer the scarf, you offer the open edges facing His Holiness, the folded section will be towards you, which represents your open, pure heart, with no negative thoughts or motives in the offering. The scarf is given with folded hands near your forehead, with ahumble bow before them, with head bent over and palms joined in respect. MonRoi thanks Ms. Tenzing Musu for all her contributions and teachings in regards to Khata.


HHDL speaks to Brana Giancristofaro: “Is this chessset for me? Now I’ll have to learn how to play chess.”


Chess Players with His Holiness The Dalai Lama


His Holiness serenity and humbleness is captivating. The chess players, their families and organizers

are excited to have shared some private moments with the Dalia Lama, arranged by Victoria Pickering.


Isaac Tomatuk (Wabannutao Eeyou School) and Maïli Jade Ouellet (École Préville) blessed by
His Holiness The Dalia Lama on the stage of the 2nd Global Conference on World’s Religions After 9/11.


The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) is at the centre of every major issue that concerns aboriginal peoples in Canada. Aboriginal peoples in Canada comprise the First Nations, Inuit and Métis. First Nations peoples had settled and established trade routes across what is now Canada by 500 BCE — 1,000 CE. The Cree are one of the largest groups of First Nations/Native Americans in North America, with 200,000 members living in Canada. The Inuit are the descendants of what anthropologists call the Thule culture, which emerged from western Alaska around 1,000 CE and spread eastward across the Arctic, displacing the Dorset culture (in Inuktitut, the Tuniit). The Métis are people descended from marriages between Europeans (mainly French) and Cree, Ojibway, Algonquin, Saulteaux, Menominee, Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, and other First Nations. Their history dates back to the mid-17th century.


Celebrating Diversity at the Chess for Peace Tournament, April Whyne, Brana Giancristofaro, Maili Jade Ouellet, Dana Berman




Section A





Myriam Roy



Coll. Notre Dame de Lourdes


William Fisher



Special Guest from NY


Félix Dumont



Collège de Maisonneuve


Tristan Coté-Lalumière



Ec. Ed Int. McMasterville







Section B1





Zachary Saine



Nouvelle Querbes


Xavier St-Cyr





Chin Leung



Collège Dawson


Matthieu Johnson-Constantin



La Mennais


Diana Serban



College Charlemagne


Tenzin Kunphel Tsering



Collège Durocher







Section B2





Maïli Jade Ouellet



École Préville


Julian-Camilo Osorio





Justin Friedman



Royal Vale High School

4 - 7

Brandon Benson



Lakeside Academy

4 - 7

Remag Abdel-Aziz



Ecole Mont-Royal

4 - 7

Rio Xavier Sims Crotogino    



St John Fisher Senior Cam.

4 - 7

Dana Berman



Cité des jeunes

8 - 9

Antoine Salvas-Lauzon



Éc. Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine

8 - 9

Isaac Tomatuk



Wabannutao Eeyou School

10 -11

Frederic Coulombe




10 -11

April Whyne



Villa Maria










MonRoi established the Chess for Peace token, which will be carried forward. It’s in the shape of a large chess pawn, generously donated by Chess’n Math. The Chess Pawn will turn into a Queen after five hops, and the Chess Queen Token will be carried forward. The token contains names of all the participants of Chess for Peace tournament and was passed to Abbey Emmanuel Alo of Ghana, Africa, who wrote us a heart warming letter. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested in hosting one of the Chess for Peace tournaments. Our message carried forward in the token is the Canadian Chess Federation letter.


Vladimir Antoine, Chess’n Math Association with Frederic Coulombe


Thanks to Larry Bevand, who provided all chess sets and clocks for the Chess for Peace exhibition 

and Georges Fournier, Chess’n Math Regional Director. William Fisher came all the way from New York to attend

the Chess for Peace event! Hi mom Sally was dedicated to making sure that William participated.

Congratulations to all the participants. They are all winners at this event. Hopefully they could reach your

hearts, as they did mine. This was so much fun!!! 



2011 Youth Chess Tournament for Peace Exhibition Video Memories 




Mansour, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Ecumenism  with Barbara Pisani and Brandon Benson


Anthony also works with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which aims to promote respect and

understanding about the world's major religions. The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism banner  

“One world one family”, reminded us of the World Chess federation motto “Gens una sumus”

(We are all one family).


The Chess for Peace event coincided with the 2nd Global Conference for World's Religions After 9/11.

The Conference was organized by McGill University and the University of Montreal. Its Convenor

Dr. Arvind Sharma is the Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University.


Convenor of the 2nd Global Conference for World's Religions After 9/11, Dr. Arvind Sharma & Brana Giancristofaro


Dr. Arvind Sharma was born at Varanasi in India. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree from Allahabad University, he joined the Indian Administrative Service. After six years as a public servant, he resumed his academic career in 1968 when he joined the University of Syracuse, in upstate New York. He obtained a Master's in Economics in 1971 from that university. His thesis signaled a shift in his academic interests towards religion and he went on to obtain a Masters in Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School in 1974, concentrating on comparative religion. He then joined the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Harvard University, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1978. He was appointed Lecturer in Asian Religions at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia in 1976 and subsequently to a similar position at the University of Sydney in 1980.


2nd Global Conference of World's Religions After 9/11,Professors Robert Thurman, Steven T. Katz,

Tariq Ramadan, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Professor Gregory Baum, Dean Ellen Aitken


The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism’s mission is to advance social harmony in today's pluralistic society by building bridges of collaboration among different faith traditions. 

The Chess'n Math Association (CMA) is running a program approved by the Ministry of Education aimed to bring chess in schools across Canada. The organization was founded in 1985 and now has three offices, 20 full-time staff and over 100 qualified chess instructors.

MonRoi Inc. is a St. Laurent-based company, which developed the world’s only patented electronic score keeping device to record, store, view and webcast chess games. MonRoi’s technology enables people worldwide to view live chess tournaments on their computers.



The 2011 Youth Chess Tournament for Peace Website

The Chess Federation of Canada Message

Chess for Peace by Abbey Emmanuel Alo of Ghana

The 2011 Youth Chess Tournament for Peace Photo Gallery

Replay 2011 Youth Chess Tournament Games

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MonRoi International Women's Chess Grand-Prix

Moral Ethics PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Sat, Sep 10 2011 (03:52)


At the press conference in Montreal, His Holiness the Dalai Lama talked about his own personal experience of hearing only about negative issues like murder on the radio or reading in the papers mostly about such things as well as money. He said there was the need to draw the people’s attention on promotion of moral ethics adding that his way was to do so through a secular approach. His Holiness said that in recent months he had been reiterating that corruption seems to be some kind of a new disease inflicting human society.  He added that there was a need to make the people realize that corruption is not part of human nature.


At the 2nd Global Conference, His Holiness talked about the commonality of the different religious traditions, and said that religious traditions share the same common values of love, compassion, forgiveness, tolerance and self-discipline.  


During the Question-Answer session, His Holiness responded positively to a question on whether religion is a source for good. He said it was not necessary to have a faith but if one sincerely followed it would be useful. He said there was no way for one to be half corrupt and half praying to God. When asked whether he felt discouraged sometimes, His Holiness responded that there were times when he felt one individual may not be able to do much but on such occasions he thought over the matter. Problems are created by individuals and the moral ethics to overcome these start with an individual expanding to one’s family to other families and the community at large. Thus looking at it from a wider perspective, he said an individual could feel that he can do something.


Click here to read the full article  

Chess for Peace Token Goes to Ghana PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Sat, Sep 03 2011 (07:52)

The Chess for Peace Token will travel around the world, as it is passed forward. Each year the Youth Chess Tournament for Peace will have a new host. The names of all the youth chess players will be carried forward with their world’s peace message. 


World’s first Youth Chess Tournament for Peace is being held in Montreal, Canada on September 7, 2011. Our message, which will be passed on to next year’s organizer was written by the Canadian Chess Federation


We are delighted to announce that the 2012 Youth Chess Tournament for Peace goes to Ghana


La paix mondiale by Marjoleine Dion-Raymond PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Thu, Aug 25 2011 (23:29)

La paix mondiale dans le brouhaha de la vie

Depuis quelques semaines, des rénovations sont faites sur ma maison: bruits de machinerie électrique, ouvriers qui demandent des informations et qui entrent avec leurs chaussures pleines de terre, livraison de matériaux de construction, retour au magasin des dits matériaux de construction car erreur de la part du fournisseur, le chat qui a peur et qui ne reconnaît plus son gîte de sécurité et de nourriture, prises de décision car des problèmes inattendus surgissent… et on me demande gentiment d'écrire sur la paix mondiale.  J'accepte immédiatement car voilà une belle occasion qui m'est offerte pour me relier à mon oasis de paix intérieure, cette paix immuable et éternelle dont parlent les plus grands maîtres spirituels. Tout ça c'est relativement facile. J'utilise ma volonté et au lieu de porter mon attention sur le côté négatif, je n'ai qu'à basculer sur le côté positif des choses.  C'est moi qui décide et moi seule.  Mais la paix mondiale!?  C'est une autre histoire.


Arriver à une autre Pax Romana, est-ce possible?  D'autant plus que cette paix (qui a duré 209 ans!) était tout de même contrôlée par l'armée romaine.  Il fallait se tenir droit, sinon…  Est-ce donc une illusion de penser à la venue d'une paix mondiale quand aussitôt qu'une occasion se présente de se rebeller ou de reprendre le pouvoir, on prend les armes?  Je ne vois pas d'autres alternatives que de se changer soi-même, de se conscientiser le plus possible, de s'observer et de voir ses réactions dans telle situation donnée et d'y remédier.  Bien sûr, il y a des injustices intolérables qui peuvent justifier la désobéissance civile, des souffrances inhumaines, des différences de classes sociales et de richesses.  La liste est longue. 


Mais il ne faut pas perdre espoir.  Lorsque je vois un Jack Layton, politicien et chef de l'opposition officielle au Canada qui, à peine 2 jours avant de mourir du cancer ce 22 août dernier, écrit ces mots d'une grande profondeur: "Mes amis, l'amour est 100 fois meilleur que la haine.  L'espoir est meilleur que la peur.  L'optimisme est meilleur que le désespoir.  Alors aimons, gardons espoir et restons optimiste.  Et nous changerons le monde.", je ne peux qu'y croire.  Passer du "je" au "nous", passer de l'inconscience vers la conscience sociale parce que nous faisons tous partie de l'humanité, cette communauté biologiquement inter-reliée de toutes sortes de façons est un signe de réalisation probable de cette paix mondiale.


Marjoleine Dion-Raymond

simple citoyenne du monde

Peace Through Ethics, Spirituality and Religion PDF Print E-mail
Written by MonRoi Support on Wed, Aug 24 2011 (22:21)

Montreal, August 25, 2011 – Organized by McGill University and l’Université de Montréal, the event will host His Holiness the Dalai Lama, author Deepak Chopra, Professors Tariq Ramadan (Oxford University), Steven T.  Katz (University of Boston), Robert Thurman (Columbia University), Gregory Baum (McGill University), and Swami Dayananda Saraswati (Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha).

“It has been said that there can be no peace among nations without peace among religions. Moreover, the profile of religion in the public square has been rising all over the world and predictions of its demise have turned out to be grossly exaggerated. Thus, the real question is not whether religions should exist or not, but rather, how can they contribute to peace in the world. If they are part of the problem, then they can also become part of the solution,” says Professor Arvind Sharma, Birks Professor of Comparative Religion in the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, and convenor of the Conference.

The question whether religions of the world should come together to formulate a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World’s Religions will also be discussed at this conference as a way of bringing the religions together on a common platform.

The event will begin with His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking on Peace through Ethics, followed by a presentation by Deepak Chopra on Peace through Spirituality. A Panel discussion on Peace through Religion will follow these talks. The panelists include, Tariq Ramadan (Islam), Shirin Ebadi (Islam), Robert Thurman (Buddhism), Gregory Baum (Christianity), Steven T. Katz (Judaism) and Swami Dayananda Saraswati (Hinduism).

A news conference will be held September 7 at 8:15 am with all invited speakers, in room 514 at Le Palais des congrès.  Registration begins at 7:30 am.  Only media that have been accredited may participate.  To register, please complete the accreditation form located at by August 29, 2011.

For more information: Victoria Pickering C: (514) 771-2837, T: (514) 874-1998 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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