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CiS partnership agreement FIDE-Spain
Saturday, 30 May 2015 16:19
img 5725During the FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Khanty Mansiysk, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and President of the Spanish Chess Federation, Javier Ochoa de Echag├╝en, signed a chess in schools partnership agreement. It was witnessed by acting governor of Ugra, Natalia Komarova.

This followed on from a very productive meeting in Palma de Mallorca between the President of the Spanish federation and its Secretary, Ramon Padulles, the national coordinator for CiS in Spain, Pep Suarez and CiS Chairman Kevin O'Connell.

The Spanish federation (FEDA) will collaborate with FIDE in ongoing work, making available online material for school chess teachers, especially FSCTs and FSCLs (FIDE School Chess Teachers and FIDE School Chess Leaders).
Poland - Education through Chess in School
Friday, 29 May 2015 14:38
logoWe are grateful to the Polish Chess Federation and their 5-time World Champion of Problem Solving, Piotr Murdzia for this report. You can find a lot more on their web site: You don't read Polish? Use Google translate or similar.

The project "Education through Chess in School" is organized and guided by Polish Chess Federation in cooperation with the provincial chess unions and local authorities. It is addressed to primary schools for pupils from classes I-III. Key partners for Polish Chess Federation include Ministry of National Education and Ministry of Sport & Tourism.

The idea to introduce chess in schools as an effective form of supporting education was founded in Polish chess environment many years ago. The direct stimulus for the start of implementation came from the European Parliament in 2012 when declaration calling on all member states of the European Union to introduce education of chess in educational settings was signed.

The project grew out of the need to increase primary mathematical skills. Playing chess improves logical and analytical thinking, problem solving skills, development of spatial orientation, concentration and many others. Through chess we try to support intellectual, social and emotional development of children. Due to the expected positive impact on children's education process, as well as providing teachers innovative and efficient tools for daily work with students project  gained acceptance by the Minister of  National Education.

Monday, 13 April 2015 05:49
alt4-8th April: Mr Sanjmyatav Yadamsuren, Member of Mongolian Parliament, former Minister of Labor of Mongolia visited Moscow and Sochi by invitation of the FIDE President H.E. K.N.Ilyumzhinov. CIS commission discussed about the possibilities to promote FIDE student membership in Zavkhan province and further cooperation plans. During his stay in RUssia he visited the Chess Museum in Moscow, attended Aeroflot Open Blitz tournament and took part in the Closing ceremony of the Woman World Chess Championship in Sochi. Mr Ya Sanjmyatav is the organiser and initiator of the "Mongolia - 9999" chess tournament where 10000+ junior chess players played in Zavkhan province, Western Mongolia.
Breaking News
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:13
It is rumoured that Presidents Obama and Putin will make a joint presentation to the United Nations, demanding that chess in schools be made mandatory in every country on earth. Assuming the vote passes, the new course will be introduced into schools exactly one year from today.

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Introducing chess in Russian schools
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:51
2015 0317 1A press-conference dedicated to cooperation of the Sistema Charity Fund and the Non-profit Partnership Chess in schools aimed at introducing chess into the Russian school curriculum and increasing the role of chess in general education took place at the Women's World Chess Championship press centre on March 17.

It was attended by the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, legendary former World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili, the President of the Sistema Charity Fund Tatiana Gvilava, and the Chairman of the Non-profit organization Women in Business Galina Roketskaya.

The Chess in schools project in Russia was initiated by the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and approved by the Russian President Vladimir Putin. It includes developing school textbooks and teachers' manuals as well as organizing scholastic chess tournaments. Apart from that, cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Education and other relevant institutions in necessary for introducing chess into the curriculum.

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