For the first time in the history of FIDE and ECU, there will be a 'priest' to represent the Vatican State at the European Individual Chess Championship in Rijeka 2010. This is Don Valerio Piro, from Neapolis. He got the formal authorization to participate from Cardinal Sepe, who reports directly to the Pope.Tip o' the hat to Joe.
Don Valerio is candidate master from the Italian Chess Federation. He is registered for Italy, but will play with the flag of Vaticano at EICC. This will happen unofficially, as the Vatican City is not yet affiliated to FIDE. There is an idea to organize a special 'ecclesiastics' championship for priests, friars, monks, nuns, and later on create a Chess Federation of the Vatican state with possibility to see them in Khanty Mansiysk 2010 or at the Chess Olympiad 2012.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Chess-Playing Priest
International chess competitors now have a priest to look out for.