Chess for Education Abroad and Chess for Life in Bandung, Indonesia are officially partnering to help promote and establish both Western and Chinese Chess in Indonesia.

Chess for Life (from a few articles ago) is a for profit chess school that tutors chess students in Java, Indonesia to become chess masters.  C4L is a new organisation founded earlier this year in Bandung, Java.  But they are already making plans to expand to other cities in Java and then throughout Indonesia.

C4L’s for profit chess school will work perfectly in tandem with the CEAs non-profit mission.  The CEA hopes to work with C4L in their partnership to identify and establish chess clubs in schools in rural and developing communities in the area with C4L tutors.  In return the CEA is helping establish Chinese chess, or XiangQi, and, one day, Japanese Chess, or Shogi.

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Chess philosophy at Chess for Life Indonesia

Chess philosophy at Chess for Life Indonesia

Above – Peter Mallozzi and Paul Chiariello, CEA volunteers, are learning a little chess philosophy from one of Chess for Life’s nationally recognized chess instructors.  Needless to say, he beat both of us in games.

"Friendly" Chess Matches at C4L

"Friendly" Chess Matches at C4L

Of course I (on the right in green) got beaten pretty quickly.  However, Peter (on the left in blue) had a 2 hour neck and neck game with another tutor at Chess for Life.  In the end: America 1, Indonesia 1.  Hopefully we’ll have a rematch one day.

Posing in front of Chess for Life

Posing in front of Chess for Life

Paul Chiariello (far left) and Peter Mallozzi (far right) are both CEA volunteers, helping set up chess clubs in schools in Kalimantan (Borneo) and Java, respectively.  Marulitua Manalu (center) is a tutor for Chess for Life and is deeply passionate about both chess and its ability to improve the lives and minds of students.  I have a feeling it will be a very productive partnership!

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Thanks you,

Paul Chiariello

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