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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

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MonRoi International Women's Chess Grand-Prix

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