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School Instructor Seminar - Romania
Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:51
63 teamworkA Seminar for the title of School Instructor will be held in Cap Aurora/Jupiter on the Black Sea coast.

The seminar, in Romanian language, will be led by Vlad Ungureanu, Romania's senior chess in schools lecturer.

It is organized by the Central Chess Club in partnership with the Romanian Chess Federation.

The seminar will take place 27-29 June.

More details below (click on 'read more'), for anything further and to enquire about attending, please email: cc.sahbucuresti@mts

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FIDE Student Magazine
Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:33
CiSLogoVerticalWe are now up to issue FSM134.

We last wrote about the magazine in a news item November last year when FSM110 was the latest issue. There we provided download links for sample issues (FSM80 - FSM85) in a variety of languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

The magazine, delivered by email, is free and can be signed up to at http://sm.fide.com.

Below (click on 'read more') you will find a few of the more recent issues that can be downloaded.

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Geneva - Neva Foundation
Thursday, 26 May 2016 09:26
photo 01Organized by the Neva Foundation, 1200 children took part in the 2nd edition of the schools tournament "Tous aux Echecs"* (All to Chess or maybe All for Chess) on 19 May in Geneva.

The Foundation has introduced chess into 52 schools in and around Geneva. 52 classes, with their teachers and carers, came from those schools to play a five round tournament (see the PDF, in French, for more information and names of the winners). The event needed a huge space and the city made available the main pavillion of the sports centre Bout-du-Monde.

In attendance was former world champion Vladimir Kramnik who was a big hit with the children, as you can see from the photos. A nice touch was that the children selected to play against Kramnik were not picked on the basis of their tournament result, but by a drawing of lots.

"To see the enthusiasm that this tournament arouses in these pupils is our best reward" Delphine Duchosal, Director of the Neva Foundation.

*NB. This "Tous aux Echecs" is not to be confused with the organization "Tous aux Echecs" founded as a joint venture between the French Chess Federation and BNP Paribas in 2008 in Montreuil (outskirts of Paris) which introduces chess to children, often outside the classroom and puts an emphasis on the inter-generational possibilities inherent in the game.
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ECU EDU Commission Survey on CiS 2015/16
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 17:39
201605-intitial-findings-activity-picThe Education Commission of the European Chess Union (ECU) was established in 2014.  Our role is to develop and promote chess as part of children’s education. We seek to make a strong and successful programme in each member country by sharing knowledge and resources and encouraging international co-operation. We contribute to public discussion and lobby for chess. We must support our arguments with evidence. Ultimately, we seek to obtain quantitative data on the number of schools offering chess and the number of children learning chess in each country. This will enable us to measure progress and report developments to the federations and educational funding bodies.                                                

We decided to conduct a survey of the 54 member federations from summer 2015. The purpose is to gather information about the situation in each country. Basic information about the federations was also gathered to provide some context. This is the first time that the ECU has conducted a survey (FIDE has conducted several surveys previously) and we have learned a great deal from the process.

[Details of the findings: http://www.europechess.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Intitial-Findings-from-the-ECU-Survey-on-Chess-in-Schools-Final.pdf]

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CiS Conference - Warsaw 20 May
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:11
"Education through Chess in School"
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The project "Education through Chess in School" is organized and guided by Polish Chess Federation in cooperation with the provincial chess unions and local authorities. It is addressed to primary schools for pupils from classes I-III. Key partners for Polish Chess Federation include Ministry of National Education and Ministry of Sport & Tourism. 

[You can download the conference programme here.]

The idea to introduce chess in schools as an effective form of supporting education was founded in Polish chess environment many years ago. The direct stimulus for the start of implementation came from the European Parliament in 2012 when declaration calling on all member states of the European Union to introduce education of chess in educational settings was signed. 

The project grew out of the need to increase primary mathematical skills. Playing chess improves logical and analytical thinking, problem solving skills, development of spatial orientation, concentration and many others. Through chess we try to support intellectual, social and emotional development of children. Due to the expected positive impact on children's education process, as well as providing teachers innovative and efficient tools for daily work with students project gained acceptance by the Minister of National Education. 

Polish Chess Federation has developed a coherent program of teaching chess in primary schools: 

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