2017 Photo Contest, Sports, 2nd prize

Youth Chess Tournaments


Michael Hanke

15 October, 2016

Participants in a chess tournament in Slaný wait for it to begin.

Youth chess tournaments remain popular in the Czech Republic, despite competition from computer games. The national chess federation currently has around 15,000 members, of which 3,000 are under 15. A special ‘Chess for Schools’ project aims to introduce chess into the classroom in primary and secondary schools. Far from its reputation as a sedate pursuit, chess playing can involve a high degree of tension.

About the photographer

Michael Hanke

Michael Hanke was born in Kladno, Czech Republic, in 1972. His photographic career began when he was 40 years old, however, only one year later, he began to receive prestigiou...

Technical information

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23.0 mm
Fuji FinePix X100

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