Chess News
Romania - Teaching the Teachers
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:51
romania teaching teachersloresRomania's chess in schools programme is busy teaching the teachers.

Last weekend another 50 chess teachers attended classes.

Then they sat their exams to qualify to teach chess in the schools.

By the end of this year, the plan is to have more than 1500 trained teachers.

Our thanks to Vlad Ungureanu for this information and the photos.

On the left, the teachers listen to the teacher.

Below, the teachers work on their exam.

romania teachers examlores
  You can find more about the project on the Federation web site:

  Don't read Romanian?

  No problem - Google translate  (or similar) in your browser -

  that will do the job for you.

  The article linked to above, gives some useful background.

  Essential reading for those running a new CiS programme.
Chess in schools conference - Yerevan
Friday, 15 August 2014 07:01
chess_academy_of_armenia_logo2014.10.16-18 Yerevan, Armenia. ICCS (International Conference Chess in Schools).

In our view, this is the single most important chess in schools or chess and education conference EVER! You can download relevant information from our site (see links below), but the latest and most authoritative are available from the Chess Academy of Armenia.

Six years ago, Armenia decided to implement chess as part of the compulsory curriculum in all the country's primary schools.

After three years of meticulous planning and preparation, the first children entered this chess for education program in 2011.

Now, those children have just completed the 3-year program and all Armenian children in the two years below them have studied chess. The program runs from primary year 2 (age 7-8) to primary year 4 (age 9-10).

Throughout, teams of psychologists and sociologists from the Pedagogical University of Yerevan have been studying the effects of chess study on the children's educational, emotional and sociological development. These results will be revealed during the conference.

See the flyer for an excellent overview, together with the draft schedule , registration form and guidelinesfor the submission of articles and presentations.

You could win an expenses paid trip there. Read the guidelines, submit your proposed article/presentation and, if it is accepted, you've won!

Nepal - CiS hits new highs
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 08:31
cis_100_inter_schoolNepal is moving fast with the development of chess in schools.

Nepal is the 'roof' of the world - the border with China runs across the summit of Mount Everest, the highest place on earth.

Just in the last month or so, several events have been held.

A Nepal-China friendship tournament was played in Kathmandu on 23 August, with 5 teams from Nepal and one from China.

This month, 148 children from 40 schools took part in the inter valley school competition.

Our thanks to Nepal Chess Association President Rajesh Joshi for the information and photographs.

FIDE Student Magazine
Friday, 07 November 2014 00:00
The FIDE Student Magazine has 8 pages (or more) at least twice a month throughout the year. It is emailed free of charge to all our student members. It is available in multiple languages.

Children, their parents & teachers can sign up (it's free) at You can do so in all our 12 languages.

The latest issue (2015 0315)  is FSM099. You can download the following samples:
CiS/Scholastic Chess Seminar Tromso
Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:31
Social aspects of chess, chess in integration, chess in society and more...

Saturday 9 August at the University Science Centre 'Vitensenteret (5km from city centre) 09:00-12:30.

Keynote speakers (09:15-10:45): Leontxo Garcia, Kevin O'Connell, Stefan Löffler, Jan Callewaert.
break 10:45-11:15
11:15-12:15 (end): Local contribution and various discussions. 

Free shuttle bus from Prostneset (near Clarion The Edge hotel) leaving at 08:30. Return scheduled at 12:30.
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