On 13 and 14 October 2012, Deutsche Bahn AG is organising an international rapid chess tournament at Kaiserbahnhof in Potsdam in cooperation with the German Chess Federation and the Emanuel Lasker Society. The tournament is entitled “Trans-Europa Chess Express – Logic meets Logistics”.
Over the course of the 150-year history of the European East-West Rail Corridor, the railway has not only enabled the exchange of goods and thus promoted economic development, but also encouraged the people of Europe to travel and therefore promoted cultural integration. These cultural links between European nations also include chess and it was no mere coincidence that the first international chess tournaments in 1851 and 1862 were held in the United Kingdom, the birthplace of the railway.
However, we are not only committed to upholding tradition, but also firmly believe in the future of the railway as an integral part of a European transport network.
To demonstrate our belief in this future, we have invited chess-playing railway employees, young people and famous Chess Grandmasters from Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Germany to take part.
An international team put together by the Emanuel Lasker Society will also compete, representing Emanuel Lasker, the German-Jewish World Champion record holder and globetrotter. The Emanuel Lasker Society will also present an exhibition commemorating the eventful life and extensive travels of Emanuel Lasker.
Deutsche Bahn, the Emanuel Lasker Society and the German Chess Federation welcome you and wish you an interesting weekend and a fascinating chess tournament!