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(1) Initial Rating between 600 and 900 based on age
Any player entering the CIS rating pool will immediately receive an initial rating based on their exact current age. A player aged 6 years or younger will receive a rating of 600, a player aged 12 years or older will receive a rating of 900, and players with an age between 6.00 years and 12.00 years will receive a proportional rating between 600 and 900, depending on age. Each completed month beyond a player's 6th birthday will count for 4.167 (i.e., 50 divided by 12) extra rating points in the calculation of this initial rating, so that the possible initial ratings are 600, 604, 608, …, 892, 896, 900.
The CiS program in Slovakia involved the production of a brand new chess book for our Premium Student Members. Every PSM in Slovakia receives one of these 108 page books through the post, together with their welcome letter and ID card when they sign up. They already have immediately received their FIDE-CiS Student Rating by email.
As part of a promotion, the Slovak Federation sends out a little pack containing the cover, inside cover, title page and contents of the book:
The CiS project in Slovenia was featured in the national youth sports magazine Sport Mladih.
The illustration within the article is a First Day Cover (a special envelope with special postal cancellation) for the Bled Chess Olympiad of 2002. The envelope bears the stamps that were issued to celebrate the Olympiad.
We wonder when we will see the first postage stamps celebrating chess in schools. We have come close with the issues from Guinea Bissau in 1979 and from the Grenadines in 1985 (see below - click on "read more").
The Grenadines stamp, celebrating the day of the child was rather appropriate, especially since it was issued just after the creation of the FIDE CiS - Chess in Schools Commission.
Strangely, neither the Grenadines nor Guinea-Bissau are members of FIDE.
The first two projects using the CIS100 module of Chess in Schools start this autumn in Slovakia and Slovenia.
Slovenia moves into the lead with today's official announcement and yesterday's letter of support from the Minister of Education and Sport.
The Minister is clearly aware of the rich chess history of Slovenia, mentioning Milan Vidmar and Bruno Parma.
He is especially appreciative of FIDE's provision of material (2.500 boards and sets and 100 demo boards), because stretched educational budgets mean that he is unable to provide the equipment that he would like to.
The material for Slovenia is being financed by the FIDE President personally.
Teachers are being trained next month and the first 100 chess classrooms will open by the end of October.