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Mongolia Chess Federation - 10,000+ PSMs
Saturday, 29 August 2015 09:39
signDuring the closing ceremony of the u16 Chess Olympiad in Ulaanbaatar, an agreement was signed by Yadamsuren Sanjmyatav MP, boosting the number of FIDE Premium Student Members by a record breaking 10,184!

This Chess in Schools development should make it into the Guiness Book of Records.

The Mongolian Chess Federation has been extremely active since the election in May of CiS Secretary Sainbayar Tserendorj as its new President.

Chess in Schools is making huge strides in Mongolia. A Chess in Schools workshop for FSCT (FIDE School Chess Teacher) was also held during the Olympiad, with 29 keen attendees, all of whom worked hard.
Diploma in Socio-Cultural and Educational Aspects of Chess
Thursday, 13 August 2015 16:56
diplo ajedrez-flyer 2013It was in 2013 that this program was started by the National University of San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The first 30 graduates received their diplomas last November and this May.
You can see them all with their diplomas below 'read more'.

The diploma course lasts 120 hours and includes the following subjects:  
Origins and Transformations of Chess,
Medieval Chess,
Diagonal Sciences,
Teaching of Chess,
History of Argentine Chess I and II,
Elementary School and FIDE’s Regulations,
Chess and Theatre, 
Direct Experience.

We have for you to download more information (in English) and full details of the course (in Spanish).
Because of its importance, we also post that Spanish text below (click on Read More).

Our thanks to former Commission Chairman Uvencio Blanco for this information.

Albania - chess in schools program
Monday, 10 August 2015 20:56
dr.1Albania is the latest country to start a chess in schools program. An agreement was recently signed between the Ministry of Sports and Education, the Albanian Chess Federation, ECU and FIDE. The program, already in pilot, will start in earnest in September.

The first phase of the project will be rolled out in the cities of Tirana, Durres, Elbasan, Berat, Lushnje, Shkodra, Kucova, Vlora, Saranda.

There will be 10 schools involved in this first phase.

The initial catalyst for the project was the presence of FIDE officials at the Women's World Championship in Tirana. That enabled a number of meetings to take place and now all the work is starting to come to fruition.

The recent merger of the Sports and Education ministries has also facilitated the development of the program.

We have more information about the project and the agreement, as well as photos in the 'read more' section below.

Our thanks to Majlinda Pilinçi, Secretary General of FSHSH (the Albanian Chess Federation) for all this material.
Chess: The First Year of Study & Workbook
Thursday, 23 July 2015 14:01
ilyumzhinovputinbookChess: The First Year of Study & Workbook is on our list of teaching materials "Approved by the World Chess Federation's Chess in Schools Commission". These two books (classbook & workbook) are now available for free download in both English and Russian editions.

As you can see from the photo, it was not only the CiS Council that gave an approving look to the book!

Classbook - English (23.3mb)
Workbook - English (5.24mb)

Classbook - Russian (7.49mb)
Workbook - Russian (5.16mb)

You can see the contents of the classbook below (click on 'read more') and what the outside of the book looks like.

CiS Council meeting in Konya
Friday, 17 July 2015 10:40
tsf img 4770FIDE’s Chess in Schools Commission held its Council meeting (1-2 July) during the European Schools Chess Championship held in Konya.

Commission Chairman Kevin O'Connell (Ireland) was assisted by Secretary Sainbayar Tserendorj (Mongolia) and Council Members Tshepo Sitali (Botswana), Christos Pilalis (Greece) and Ravindra Dongre (India). Other invited attendees: Secretary of CiS Higher Education & Research and President of the International School Chess Union, Alexander Kostyev and Jose Francisco Suarez Roca (Spain).

Several presentations were made on the first day, including one by Turkish Chess Federation Board Member Kasim Yekeler, informing Council members about the great work and enormous achievements of the Turkish Federation in our area of chess in schools (and pre-schools!).

Pictured, left to right: Kostyev, Pilalis, O’Connell, Suarez, Sitale, Dongre, Tserendorj.
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