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Armenian conference publications
Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:47
Another 21 articles are now available. These are the ones that didn't make it to an actual presentation - time constraints obviously made that impossible. So, don't make the mistake of thinking that these are somehow second rate, there's a lot of interesting material:
Italian Aces train teachers to castle!
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00
alfierebiancoDid the headline grab your attention? We hope so, because Alessandro Dominici's report is an important one. Here it is:

During 2014 (from January to September) a project for the training of school teachers, on "Chess in Schools" activities, through the National Sports Promotion Body MSP - Italia and with the collaboration of the Italian Chess Federation has been successfully carried out.

There were 15 courses, covering almost all of Italy, with the participation of 700 teachers. Chess materials were provided for free to all participating schools, allowing them to start their chess in school activities during the school year 2014/2015 with at least 10,000 students involved. You can see a video about this project here (in italian):

Before this important project, however, many teachers involved in the "European City of Sport" project had already received the same kind of encouragement, through the project "CIS Towns" that FIDE and ACES Europe initiated, piloting it in Italy, already in 2013. You can see a video on this project here, put on you tube by Pavia Municipality – European Towns of Sports (in Italian):

Finally, as in any good children's story, came the news that the EU, through Erasmus+, wanted to reward "Chess in Schools" by giving a three-year fund of250,000 through its Italian agency. This project also involves Spain and Germany, and may constitute a new model for the inclusion of chess in schools, considering the development that it could have, thanks to the joint work….

The chess teaching protocols in all three projects are aimed at primary school, and provide for the use of psychomotricity on a giant chess board, chess on a desk and via the WEB (Victor’s Chess House).

Read More about the CASTLE project – ERASMUS +

London conference - Chess & Mathematics
Friday, 07 November 2014 11:57
2014.12.06-07 London. Chess and Mathematics. 
Organized by the UK charity Chess in Schools & Communities.

2013workshopBrings together leading experts in the fields of scholastic chess and mathematics education. Chess is ideal for the enhancement of mathematical thinking.Learning is enriched by a growing variety of mini-games, chess variants, puzzles and activities. The conference comprises a mixture of presentations, debates and workshops.

The latest programme (pdf)

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The photo shows one of the workshops in progress at last year's London conference.
Armenia's Chess in Schools
Thursday, 06 November 2014 22:54
cis video classesThe web site of the Yerevan conference now has some videos.

Many of you will be interested to get a glimpse inside some of the classrooms.

The videos include a look inside classes of each of the three year groups that currently have chess in the curriculum.

You can see them on the web site of the Chess Academy of Armenia - here.

here are also videos of the most important speeches that were delivered at the conference.
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.

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