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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.
Planet Chess course
Sunday, 31 May 2015 17:25
Planet Chess can be downloaded (free) in a variety of languages. If you want to download the complete course in one go, please go to the Teaching Materials section. Here are the links for individual sections:









0 Welcome to Planet Chess


كوكب الشطرنج وسكانه

1 Planet Chess and its Inhabitants

1 La Planère échecs et ses habitants !

1 Шахматная планета и ее жители

1 Planeta Ajedrez y sus habitantes

02 الملك

2 King

2 Le Roi

2 Король

2 El Rey


03 القلعة

3 Rook

3 La Tour

3 Ладья

3 La Torre


04 الهجوم والأسر( الأخذ

4 Attack and Capture

4 L'attaque et la prise

4 Атака и взятие фигур

4 Ataque y Captura


05 الكش و الكش مات

5 Check and Checkmate

5 L'échec et l'échec et mat

5 Шах и мат

5 Jaque y Jaque Mate


06 الفيل

6 Bishop

6 Le Fou

6 Слон

6 El Alfil


07 الوزير

7 Queen

7 La Dame

7 Ферзь

7 La Dama


08 الهجوم والدفاع

8 Attack and Defence

8 Attaque et défense

8 Атака и защита

8 Ataque y Defensa


09 الحصان

9 Knight

9 Le Cavalier

9 Конь

9 El Caballo


10 الجندي

10 Pawn

10 Le pion

10 Пешка

10 El Peón


11 قيم التبادل

11 Exchange Rates

11 La valeur des pièces

11 Обменный курс

11 Tipos de Cambio


12 الأسر بالتجاوز ,بالمرور
نقلات خاصة – الميتة الفاسدة ( الباطة ) – ترقية الجندي– التبييت

12 Special Moves
Pawn Promotion
En Passant
12 Les coups spéciaux
le pat
la promotion du pion
le roque
la peise en passant

12 Особые ходы
пат превращение пешки рокировка
взятие на проходе

12 Movimientos especiales
Rey ahogado
Promoción de Peón
Captura al Paso


13 يمكنها فعله؟ الأبيض
ملخص : ما الذي تستطيع أحجار الشطرنج أن تفعله وما الذي لا

13 Summary - What the Chessmen Can and Cannot Do

13 Résumé : ce que peuvent faire ou ne pas faire les pièces

13 Вывод: что фигуры могут и не могут делать

13 Resumen: Que pueden hacer y no hacer las piezas de ajedrez


14 Answers

Ankara conference - chess for pre-school
Monday, 29 June 2015 19:49
logo full11407109 510169615803230 2751967033194051708 nThe Turkish Chess Federation and I’m Growing up with Chess Club (Satrançla Büyüyorum), with financial support from the SporToto Administration, have initiated a project that will establish chess corners in 1000 kindergartens across Turkey, introducing pupils in these kindergartens to chess and providing professional chess education to teachers in order to disseminate chess in kindergartens during the 2015-2016 academic term.

You can read more about the project and full details of the seminar below.

The project will be initiated in regional centres such as Ankara, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Mersin, Ordu and Sivas, then will be put into practice in other provinces in the upcoming years.

Before the initiation of this project, in order to provide information about different chess teaching methods in Turkey and abroad; compare and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of teaching methods and eventually create an exemplary teaching method through the mutual exchange of ideas, the Turkish Chess Federation and I’m Growing up with Chess Club, with the financial support of the Republic of Turkey Promotion Fund, organized a workshop entitled “International Comparison of Chess Education Models for Preschool Level”. The workshop took place on 13-14 June 2015 at Meyra Palace Hotel in Ankara.
Ireland - Giant participation in primary school
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 19:06
scoil ideSituated in Limerick City in the West of Ireland, Scoil-Ide is the largest Primary School in the city with over 800 pupils.

Every year for the last 13 years, the school has run an in-house Chess tournament, and this year over 200 players took part, probably setting an Irish record for the largest in-house school tournament.

We wonder how many primary schools around the world can match a 25% participation rate in an internal school tournament. What is the largest that you know of?

Our thanks to John Alfred who has provided a fine illustrated report that you can download here.
Geneva, Switzerland - 'Everybody Play Chess!'
Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:19

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Nothing like receiving your prizes and diplomas from a World Champion - Alexandra Kosteniuk (Women's World Champion 2008-2010) and Vladimir Kramnik (World Champion 2006-2007)
The Neva Foundation organised on the 11th and 12th of June in Geneva the final of the Interscholastic tournament Tous aux Echecs

56 Geneva students met during a round-robin tournament of 8 teams, all qualified from a qualification tournament that started in schools in May.

After a long day of games played in a festive and passionate atmosphere, the team of Trembley eventually won the coveted trophy.

You can read more below and, if you understand French, there are two very nice short videos:
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