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Armenia Chess in Schools Conference
Friday, 14 October 2016 10:54
top-bannerInternational Conference entitled “Theoretical and Practical Issues of Chess Education in Schools” was held on the 1st and 2nd of October, at “Russia” hotel in Tsaghkadzor resort city, Armenia. The Conference was organized under the auspices of Chess Academy of Armenia and Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia, cooperating with FIDE, Armenian Chess Federation and Khachatur Abovian Armenian State Pedagogical University. More than 50 representatives from 15 countries (Spain, Hungary, Angola, UAE, Poland, Belarus, Iran, Luxembourg, Russia, Slovakia, Georgia, Uruguay, Belgium, India, and Armenia) took part in the two-day Conference.
The Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia Mr. Levon Mkrtchyan, the Chancellor of Armenian State Pedagogical University, Professor Ruben Mirzakhanyan, the President of European Chess Union Mr. Zurab Azamaiparashvili and the Founder and President of Chess Academy of Armenia, the Vice-President of Chess Federation of Armenia Mr. Smbat Lputian and FIDE CiS Commission Chairman Mr. Kevin O’Connell delivered their welcoming speeches at the opening ceremony. Before proceeding to the speeches, a film about the Armenian experience and success story in the field as well as great on the heritage of Armenian “Chess in Schools” Program was introduced to the audience.
Poland - chess in all schools
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 08:06
logoGreat news from Anna Harazińska, our member from Poland.

On  June 27 the Polish Minister of Education – Anna Zalewska –  officially announced that from September 1, 2017 chess will be implemented in primary schools as a tool for learning mathematics.

Meanwhile the Education through Chess in School programme has made great strides. The project is organized and guided by the POLISH CHESS FEDERATION in cooperation with the 16 provincial chess federations and local authorities. The goal is to increase mathematical primary skills among children in the classes 1 – 3 in primary schools. Key partners for Polish Chess Federation include Ministry of National Educations and Ministry of Sport and Tourism.

CiS Workshop in Baku
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 11:17
63 teamworkCHESS IN SCHOOLS WORKSHOP   8 September – Crystal  Hall - 15:30-18:30

Registration is required (venue security reasons). If you missed the registration deadline, you should still be able to gain access with your Olympiad accreditation badge.

This will provide you an opportunity, among other things, to find out about FIDE's Chess in Schools programme for preparing teachers and the free support materials that we provide.

Read on for more details...

CiS Conference in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia
Monday, 25 July 2016 17:17

2014 saw the first, very important, Armenian Chess in Schools Conference in Yerevan. See those amazing results for creativity at & much more at

This year, the second conference will be held in Tsaghkadzor 30 September to 3 October.

logoThis year the theme is Theoretical and Practical Issues of Chess Education in Schools.

You will find all necessary information on the web site of the organizers:

Here we present some of that information, but do check the official version (which may be updated) and contains much more information.

CiS Conference - Montevideo, Uruguay
Monday, 25 July 2016 18:41
26 & 27 July. Details here:

2016 0726-27 Montevideo, Uruguay.Congreso Panamericano de Ajedrez Escolar. 

The Ministry of Education and Culture, through the program for Living Together with Chess of the Directorate of Education, and the Uruguayan Chess Federation (FUA), hold the Pan-American Congress of School Chess, 26 and 27 July, at the Sheraton Montevideo (Victor Solino 349) hotel.

 The opening will take place on Tuesday, July 26 at 9:30 pm and will be attended by the coordinator Living Together with Chess program, Esteban Jaureguizar, President of the FUA, Bernardo Roselli, Chairman of FIDE’s Chess In Schools Commission, Kevin O'Connell and Vice President of FIDE America Darcy Lima.

Tuesday afternoon will have workshop discussions with experts around five themes: Chess and disability, Chess in situations of confinement, Chess initial level, Chess for youth at social risk and Chess in public and community spaces. In addition, Esteban Jaureguizar will speak on the theme of "Chess in school, playful to the scientific".

 The presentations will continue on Wednesday with the following topics: "Chess & Math", "Research on cognitive impact of teaching chess in Uruguay. Presentation of results "," Touch ... move! " and " Chess school in the world. Where we are and where we are going ".

Living Together with Chess aims at creating a network of cooperative work among all state agencies and institutions of civil society working with chess as a social and educational purpose. Through the program, it promotes this game / art / science manifests actively in educational settings and policies of human and community development.

 Chess is a cultural asset that contributes to develop a series of intellectual skills and ethical values, which is considered a very important role in the formation of children and youth element.

 This discipline encourages deep thought and developed, creating strategies, valuing each other's perspective, the subsequent evaluation of the actions undertaken, formulating theories and respect for the plurality of opinions, among others.

The official Spanish text:

El Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, a través del programa Ajedrez para la Convivencia de la Dirección de Educación, y la Federación Uruguaya de Ajedrez (FUA), realizará el Congreso Panamericano de Ajedrez Escolar, que se desarrollará los días 26 y 27 de julio, en elhotel Sheraton Montevideo (Victor Soliño 349).

La apertura se realizará elmartes 26 de julio a las 9:30 horasy contará con la presencia del coordinador de Ajedrez para la Convivencia, Esteban Jaureguizar, el presidente de la FUA, Bernardo Roselli, el presidente de la FIDE Chess In Schools Comission, Kevin John O'Connell y el vicepresidente de FIDE América Darcy Lima.

El martes por la tarde tendrán lugar mesas de debate con expertos en torno a cinco ejes temáticos: Ajedrez y discapacidad, Ajedrez en situaciones de encierro, Ajedrez en nivel inicial, Ajedrez para jóvenes en situación de riesgo social y Ajedrez en espacios públicos y comunitarios. Además, Esteban Jaureguizar expondrá sobre el “Ajedrez en la escuela, de lo lúdico a lo científico”.

Las ponencias continuarán el día miércoles con los siguientes temas: “Las matemáticas del ajedrez”,  “Investigaciones sobre impacto cognitivo de la enseñanza del ajedrez en Uruguay. Presentación de resultados”, “¡Tocada… movida!” y “Ajedrez escolar en el mundo. Dónde estamos y a dónde vamos”.

Ajedrez para la Convivencia tiene como objetivo la creación de una red de trabajo cooperativo entre todos los organismos del Estado y las instituciones de la sociedad civil que desarrollan actividades de ajedrez con un fin social y educativo.

A través del programa se promueve que este juego/arte/ciencia se manifieste de manera activa en los ámbitos educativos y en las políticas de desarrollo humano y comunitario.

El ajedrez es un bien cultural que contribuye a desarrollar una serie de habilidades intelectuales y valores éticos, por lo que se considera un elemento muy importante en la formación de niños y jóvenes.

Esta disciplina estimula un pensamiento profundo y elaborado, la creación de estrategias, la valoración de la perspectiva del otro, la evaluación posterior de las acciones realizadas, la formulación de teorías y el respeto a la pluralidad de opiniones, entre otros.
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