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Chess Tournament

Under the auspices of

Armenian National Commission of UNESCO

To celebrate the UN World Chess Day (20/07/2023) and support global Climate Action

"... Climate gambit, where, as in chess openings, a player sacrifices a piece aiming to gain positional advantage, so in the fight against climate crisis - the collective Humanity needs to make concessions today with the aim of achieving subsequent advantages for the future generations."

Armen Asryan, founder of Mount Incredible, co-founder of Kitelab


#ClimateGambit #Chess4Climate #WorldChessDay

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Climate Gambit chess tournament is a unique and exciting series of events, unlike any other, that brings together youth, civil society, policy and decision makers, business to engage in a thrilling battle of strategy and wit, all while raising awareness for the urgent need for climate action. The competition will bring together the global public, via Online Edition to engage in a strategic game of chess, where the pieces symbolize the choices we make in creating a sustainable future.


At this tournament, participants will sharpen their minds and put their strategic skills to the test, as they compete against each other in fast-paced environment. As we navigate the board, we will reflect on the impact our moves have on the environment and the steps we can take to ensure a better tomorrow. This tournament is not just about winning or losing, but about using the power of chess to inspire critical thinking and spark conversations on the vital role of climate action.

Climate Gambit will be held in the spirit of the Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 12 December 2019 and in line with the principles laid out in the decision, such as acknowledging the important opportunities offered by chess in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, including, inter alia, in strengthening education, realizing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and fostering inclusion, tolerance, mutual understanding and respect. It will contribute to dissemination of the advantages of chess, including through educational and public awareness-raising activities as well promoting and elevating the role of the sports and intellectual endeavour in the global climate action.

Our team


Armen Asryan

Climate & Environmental Security | Resilience, DRR | Science Communication


Narek Ohanyan

UN Youth & Children High-Level Climate Champion of Central Asia & Europe for COP 27, Climate Activist, Environmental Researcher, European Educator-Expert on Environmental Science


Maria Gevorgyan

Chess Grandmaster | Five-Time Armenian Women Chess Champion


David Sahakyan

Arts | Design


Tatevik Vardanyan

Fundraising and development


Berta Martirosyan

Wildlife Photographer


Yerazik Hoveyan

Youth Climate Champion

Co-founder of Climapolis – Youth in Climate Action


Armo Khachatryan

Sound engineer | Artist

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