The President's word
wish you a warm welcome to the website of our chess club "Cavaliers des Trois
Palétuviers"', a club located within the Amazon Rainforest.
club has several particularities that make it quite unique. To name only a
was created in 2005 - directly from the program "Rectorat de la Guyane, "chess
for academic success" - with the purpose of helping scholar education of
Amerindian native students; our educational perspective places first the child's
personal development. This does not preclude the pursuit of chess excellence,
but only if the child is inclined to do so.
we limit the membership to the children of the village and to the adults that
offer their help to the club. To this end, every child has a free membership and
club has received over several occasions the valuable assistance of the French Chess Federation
(FFé), BNP Paribas
Bank and other sponsors. We hereby thank them.
addition, having great players in our school which have been offering an
extraordinary solidarity and commitment have helped to improve the children's
be more specific, let me name Mathilde Congiu (Woman International Master), seven
times French Champion, who has already visited French Guyana 4 times. She is
also a Webmaster and a treasurer.
was recently joined by Delphine Gras, also a great player. Both have
offered a remarkable image of the French chess community this year at the International Fair of St Georges
Oyapock, as well as memorable simultaneous games in Brazil, our guest of
this fair. Delphine is also our secretary.
and Mathilde are perfect examples of a successful balance between the game at
the highest level and a equilibrated life. In this sense, children have a good
example because they must learn to bring together their ancestral way of life
and modern ways of living.
soul of the club owes much to the generosity and the availability of these two
players, with remarkable chess and human qualities.
chess is also an act of sharing; indeed, sharing a common passion, the game is only one
aspect. There is also - and especially - exchange and respect. Therefore whether
they are a beginner or a master, they not only play against eachother but they
also share a moment where a human relationship takes place. And, according to
our understanding of chess, this is probably the most essential part.
will find through these pages a joy of playing chess. At the club, we enjoy
playing. Championships or trophies are welcome, but they are a bonus and not
imposed. Having said that, we are ready to support our youth with their
ambitions of winning titles!
if you want to know us better, or to propose a project, we welcome you to “Trois
Palétuviers” with great pleasure.