Chess4Peace – a project for women from Ukraine – lauched in Poland

The Chess4Peace, a special project set up by FIDE and FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess, with the generous support of the International Olympic Committee, was launched in Warsaw, Poland. It is aimed to young women from Ukraine, aged 18-23, who have gone through hard times because of war in their home country.

This unique project designed to open the door to the world of chess, and show new ways for personal growth, job chances, and self-discovery is set to take place in Warsaw from November 9th to 13th at Chess Corner Club, Sarmacka 6. Leader of the project is Anastasia Sorokina (Australia), Chairman of FIDE Commission for Women’s Chess.

The program of the projects includes motivational meetings with outstanding chess personalities, master classes, simuls, visits to stylists, photography classes and many other events.



19:30 – 20:00 – Opening Ceremony

20:00 – 21:00 – Simul with the Project Ambassador (Natalia Zhukova)


10:00 – 11:15 – Inside the Magical World of Chess: A Journey with FIDE (Dana Reizniece-Ozola) 11:30 – 13:00 – Chess Time (Volodymyr Baklan)

15:15 – 16:45 – Path to the Chess Crown: how to become a Chess Arbiter and what is a Fair Play in Chess. (Natalija Popova)

17:00 – 18:00 – An hour with a stylist. Your style, that speaks before you speak (Natalia Ryzhenko)


10:00 – 13:00 – Chess Time (Volodymyr Baklan)

15:15 – 16:45 – How to organize chess tournaments. Social aspects and social projects in chess (Anastasia Sorokina).

17:00 – 18:00 – Checkmate Careers: Blending Chess Photography, Journalism, and Blogging (Anastasiia Karlovych – online)

18:15 – 20:30 – Chess in Art. An Educational Chess Evening (Dmitry Salodky)

20:30 – Pizza&Talks time


10:00 – 13:00 – Chess Time (Volodymyr Baklan)

15:15 – 16:15 – An hour with a stylist. Be your own designer, save the planet, wear vintage and do upcycling. (Natalia Ryzhenko)

16:30 – 18:30 – Blitz Tournament (arbiter Natalija Popova)

18:30 – 19:00 – Award and Closing Ceremony

Ambassador of the project is Grandmaster Natalia Zhukova (Ukraine). The training sessions for the participants are conducted by Grandmaster Volodymyr Baklan (Ukraine). The Chess4Peace Project also enjoys the support and participation of notable personalities, including:

● Mykola Hranovskyi, First Secretary of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Poland

● Radoslaw Jedynak, President of the Polish Chess Federation

● Dana Reizniece-Ozola, Deputy Chair of the FIDE Management Board

● Lukasz Turlej, Secretary General of FIDE

After the offline part of the project, its participants will continue to meet offline until May 2024.

The project serves as a testament to the power of solidarity and the human spirit. It’s a vivid reminder that every move counts, every decision matters, and even during tough times, there’s a community ready to support, uplift, and advocate for a better tomorrow. Chess4Peace is more than a project; it’s a journey of hope, empowerment, and collective triumph.