Zaatari (Jordan)


The Chess Without Borders intervention in Al-Zaatari has probably been the hardest from the psychological point of view.

The mutilated by the actions of war are innumerable and the aftermath is more than visible in the attitude of a people (the Syrian) that bleeds without knowing exactly what originates that arbitrary pain that is the war.

More than three hundred chess players were formed in fifteen days in courses of approach and we were fortunate to be assisted by colleagues such as Iñaki Chozas Varona, robotics engineer; Dr. Álvaro Andani Gil, a man absolutely committed to the cause of chess; the elegant and committed Mercedes Cervera, and of course, the sports journalist who has done more for this art-science in the history of Spanish chess: Leontxo Garcia Olasagasti.

I was part of this Dream Team, wrapped by a fully committed team that gave everything during those two weeks.

In February, Save the Children, UNHCR and UNICEF have called for a joint intervention throughout the month to create a unified chess school within the refugee camp.

It was a great job —and very hard— and from these lines I thank all the comrades who participated in this action their delivery and value.