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CiS Conference in Yerevan - important results
Saturday, 25 October 2014 15:00
creativityThe ICCS Conference in Yerevan was a great success. Major research results were announced, along with many interesting presentations. The participants came from all round the globe, including Angola, Cameroon, China, Laos, Madagascar, Malawi, Mongolia, Thailand, USA and Zambia.

Probably the most important presentation was that by Professor Ruben Aghuzumtsyan and Sona Poghosyan. It demonstrates clear benefits of teaching chess in schools, as seen from a methodologically well run study. You can download it here.

The impact of chess lessons on formation and development of the students

The resultant improvement in creativity is especially striking. There were plenty of other clear benefits as well. Interestingly, it did not result in any improvement in mathematics (arithmetic). Years 2,3 and 4 have had the benefit of chess tuition in class, year 5 have not; the age progression has been completely overturned!

We will add more here over the next few days.

Chess in the school curriculum - a history
Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:39
A brief history of chess in the school curriculum, from 19 June 1996 (date of the decree making chess compulsory in Kalmykia schools) to the present state of 30+ countries having introduced chess as a compulsory or optional part of the curriculum can be downloaded pdfhere.
Mauritania - CiS project gets under way
Friday, 03 October 2014 09:33
cis mauritania 2014 4Aly Moktar Kreiked, Secretary General of the Fédération Mauritanienne des échecs has kindly sent us a report of latest developments in Mauritania.

His entire report (in French) and more very nice photos appear after the read more break. Here we give a resumé of that report, including some comments of ours:

Following the successful visit of 2010-2014 Chairman Ali Nihat Yazici last year, the Mauritania federation has been working on its master plan (using chess in schools as an engine for chess development) and began the project in some private schools in the capital Nouakchott during the last school year (2013-2014).

The école française in Nouakchott has been at the forefront of these developments, where four groups are working with National Master Mohamed Ould Taleb Jiddou.

Aly Moktar Kreiked quotes the FIDE President (who wrote in English):

Children whlearn chess are, oaverage, more intelligent, healthier and better socially adjusted.

Anyone and everyone can play as equals – boys and girls, young and old, the sporty and the academic alike.Men and women, the blind, the deaf and the physically handicapped all platogether in ouChess Olympiads. Above all,playing chess is fun.

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!

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