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WGM Liu Shilan on development of chess in schools in Shenzhen
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 15:04
In June we added the excellent video Chess is like a Camellia to our video section here. Liu Shilan featured in that video, which was mainly about Fuxin primary school. During the recent Women's Grand Prix tournament in Shenzhen, Nastia Karlovich interviewed Liu Shilan, and this is what the 9-time national women's champion had to say:

Chess in schools has a long history in Shenzhen. It got under way thanks largely to the work of Liu Shilan, a Chinese female chess player and holder of the WGM title, which she received in 1982. She is also nine-time China National Women's Champion. During the Women’s Grand Prix in Shenzhen she explained (our thanks to Nastia for this report) the development of the chess in schools program there.

shenzhen 05 liu shilan-kirsan at the board during middle school visitIn 1992 I moved to Shenzhen and there were only three kids who were interested in playing chess. People didn’t know anything about chess, so I personally approached the head of every school and every kindergarten, asking them to include chess lessons in their school programme, trying to convince them at least to try it. I was a deputy of the parliament in Shenzhen at the moment, so of course this status and my chess successes helped to open doors for me to speak with people and encourage them. They trusted me and nowadays we have 163 schools which have chess lessons.

               Liu Shilan-Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

more excellent photos adorn the text that follows. 

Honorary Patron – Mikhail Gorbachev
Monday, 03 October 2011 09:35

At a meeting last week between FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev, the former President of the USSR accepted the proposal to become Honorary Patron of the Chess in Schools programme.

Slovakia CIS Project on TV prime time news
Saturday, 01 October 2011 17:36

skoly-logo1Slovak TV prime time news (19:30 on 18 September) carried a two minute item on CIS in Slovakia. 

You can also watch it on our Projects page or the Video page. A précis/transcript (in English) is to follow. Our thanks to CIS Slovakia project leader Martin Huba for this.

The logo is that of the CIS Slovakia project and its web page is here:


Conference in Satka, Russia
Friday, 23 September 2011 16:48

The latest in a series of international scientific chess conferences was held in Russia last month.  Current problems of teaching chess in schools and kindergartens in Russia and other countries around the world took place in Satka, Cheliabinsk region, 15-18 August 2011.

The conference was attended by more than 30 teachers from Russia, Germany, Turkey, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Similar conferences were organised in Tomsk (2008), Elista (2008, 2009), Moscow (2009) and Khanty-Mansiysk (2010).

The resolution (in Russian below – it will shortly be translated into English) expresses gratitude to the FIDE President for his support and the Chess in Schools Commission for this web site.

If you can follow some Russian (or are prepared to accept the vagaries of Google Translate), we strongly recommend looking at the web site of Igor G Sukhin (link is in the resolution). 


Резолюция Международной научно-практической конференции "Актуальные проблемы преподавания учебной дисциплины "Шахматы" в общеобразовательных школах и детских садах России и других стран мира"

РФ, Челябинская область, г. Сатка, 15–18 августа 2011 г.

В последние годы многие страны отвечают на вызовы времени модернизацией системы образования. Одной из ключевых задач подобной модернизации является поиск, апробация и интеграция в учебный процесс дисциплин, способствующих интеллектуальному развитию молодого поколения. Большой опыт, накопленный во многих странах, позволяет считать шахматы одним из таких учебных предметов. Не случайно Президент РФ Дмитрий Анатольевич Медведев, выдвигая инициативу "Наша новая школа", подчеркнул, что к концепции четырех "И" (в которую входят институты, инвестиции, инфраструктура и инновации) следует добавить пятую составляющую – Интеллект.

Благодаря системной работе, проводимой Международной шахматной федерацией (ФИДЕ) и ее президентом Кирсаном Николаевичем Илюмжиновым, с каждым годом увеличивается количество стран, в которых шахматы интегрируются в систему образования.

xadrez - Chess that Brings Freedom
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 07:34
Our thanks to Prof. Charles Moura Netto for this inspirational video from Brazil - Chess that Brings Freedom - about a project for chess in prisons. Not strictly Chess in Schools, but the educational and social benefits of chess, which have been demonstrated in the schools programmes, are especially applicable to the prison population. Chess in Schools has previously mentioned work in prisons in Almeria and other parts of Spain.

This video is in Portuguese, but it has sub-titles in English. Running time 2.29mn. Click on "read more" for more information about the programme which covers 22 prisons and 2000+ inmates.

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