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CiS Conference in European Parliament
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:11

A Chess in Schools Conference, organized by the European Chess Union (ECU) took place in the European Parliament during the afternoon of 24 February:

Speakers from a variety of European countries were led by MEP Claudia Tapardel, ECU President Azmaiparashvili, ECU EDU Chairman Hall & GM Judit Polgar.

Others in attendance included MEPs, FIDE-CiS Chairman Kevin O'Connell and members/advisers of both the ECU Educational Commission and the FIDE Chess in Schools Commission.

The opportunity was taken to make several presentations. The ECU President gave five awards – to MEPs Ana Claudia Tapardel from Romania and Silvia Costa from Italy, to Mr. Sorin Iacoban, President of the Romanian Chess Federation and a Member of the Romanian Parliament, and to the Judit Polgar and Garry Kasparov chess foundations, for their contributions in the implementation of chess as a subject in European schools.

FIDE's Chess in Schools Commission Chairman presented the Commission's gold lapel badge to MEP Ana Claudia Tapardel and to Mr Irakli Rekhviashvili of the Bank of Georgia for their contributions to the development of chess in schools.

Mrs Tapardel was instrumental in enabling the conference to take place inside the parliament where the important Written Declaration 50/211 (which calls upon the European Commission and Member States to encourage the development of chess in schools - full text here:*) was endorsed by 415 MEPs on 13 Match, 2012. Mrs Tapardel is a member of several Committees of the European Parliament, not least the very important Committee on Budgets. (on pp24-25)

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 MEP Claudia Tapardel  ECU President GM Zurab Azmaiparashvili

The Bank of Georgia is an important sponsor of chess in schools in Georgia, of the ECU and without their aid (€10,000) this conference, if it had taken place at all, would have been on a much reduced level.

You can actually watch the conference on the Chessdom site: (timetable - approximate! - below). 
Sevan Muradian 1975-2016 RIP
Friday, 19 February 2016 13:04
muradian-sevan-1It is with great sadness that the FIDE Chess in Schools Commission has learned that IA, IO Sevan Muradian (1975-2016) passed away on 18 February 2016.

The Commission expresses its sincere condolences to his family and to the US Chess Federation.

Sevan was our special consultant on home schooling. He was also well known as an International Arbiter, International Organizer and FIDE Lecturer. He made a great contribution to the chess community in the USA and around the world.

Rest in peace Sevan!
Do you speak Dutch? FSM now available
Friday, 29 January 2016 12:25
The FIDE Student Magazine is now available in Dutch. The Dutch language version commenced with issue 120. You can download the issues below. Our thanks to translator Philippe Vukojevic.


School Instrucdtor Seminars - Title Results
Sunday, 22 November 2015 09:41
Here are the results of the SI title seminars held in Agadir, Morocco and in Porto Carras, Greece:
Porto Carras
School Instructor title & seminar during World Youth
Thursday, 17 September 2015 19:40
23 queen wandThe idea behind the title is to educate and certify chess teachers on an international basis so that they may introduce the school student to the basic chess rules and broaden the base of chess players worldwide.

The FIDE School Instructor regulations can be downloaded here.

The registration form for the SI seminar in Porto Carras, Halkidiki during the World Youth can be downloaded here.

The seminar will be held in the mornings from 27 October to 1 November, excluding the free day (30 October). Registration is open now - first come, first served (maximum 30). Details of the seminar are here.

The FIDE title of School Instructor, which has had a chequered history since its introduction in 2012, was returned to the Chess in Schools Commission (from TRG) by the FIDE Executive Board in Abu Dhabi.
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