On behalf of "Euro-Chess Foundation" (ECF) :


European Citizen's Prize 2016 European Parliament, Brussel. 12 and 13 October 2016.

Mr. Martin Schulz, President European Parliament,

Mr. Jeroen Lenaers, member of European Parliament,

Mr. Theo Bovens, Kings's Commissionair for the Province of Limburg

Mrs. Guillaume, Vice-President European Parliament

Pierre Keune, chairman stichting "Euro-Chess Foundation" (ECF)

European Citizen's Prize in 2016 for stichting "Euro-Chess Foundation" (ECF) in Valkenburg.

June 27, 2016 by Mr. Jeroen Lenaers, Member of the European Parliament and Mr. Martin Eurlings, Mayor of Valkenburg aan de Geul. 

Euro-Chess 2016


Click here for the report.

Willy Wijsen, past away on Saturday,  June 4th 2016

Willy was active as a volunteer for about 35 years during the chess activities of Adelante Schaakt and Euro-Chess. He disinterestedly deployed himself for youngsters with and without physical and/or visual limitations. Chess was also a way for Willy to improve integration between these youngsters in our society. Last may during Euro-Chess 2016 at Adelante in Valkenburg aan de Geul, Willy was often present. We will miss Willy dearly.


Border crossing friendships - (Limburger May 4th 2016)


This week Euro-Chess 2016 is taking place in Valkenburg aan de Geul. An event for youngsters with and without a physical or visual limitation from seven European member states with a key role for chess. Click here for the entire article (in Dutch).


Invention of Euro-Chess a master move - (Limburger May 2nd 2016)


All kinds of youngsters from seven countries with and with limitations meet each other for the nineteenth chess tournament. Click here for the entire article (in Dutch).


Marianne Thyssen 
European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.


Euro-Chess 2016 is a one-of-a-kind chess tournament. It brings into contact young people from different walks of life and with varying degrees of physical capacity from 7 European member states. A shared passion for chess unites the participants and offers them a chance to discover the diversity of Europe and to further their own development. It will be an undeniably uplifting and rewarding experience. Through this initiative, the Euro-Chess Foundation and Adelante are making their own valuable contribution to intercultural dialogue between young people and towards social inclusiveness in Europe. Bringing people together, despite all the barriers - imaginable or otherwise - is what today's Europe is all about.


I am delighted to give my support to this commendable project and wish all the young people who are participating every success.