Just steps away from the cavernous and loud basketball arena, where two games were being held simultaneously, about two dozen men sat silently, staring down at kings, queens and pawns on their chess tables. One man sported a green jacket touting “Team Nigeria.”
The chess competition was being observed by Dr. Marcus Fenner of the renowned Marshall Chess Club in New York City. He was there to arbitrate disputes.
“There are sometimes disagreements,” said the German-born retired businessman. “That is not uncommon for chess, where you have very smart people and sometimes you have to arbitrate that.”
Ric Longenecker, a chess player who works at the U.N. headquarters in New York, added:
“Regardless of race, culture, religion, everyone comes to a conclusion,” he said. “There’s always a good feeling at the end.”