Sweden - Schack4an - Never Forget Anna!
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 11:40

Never Forget Anna!

S4an_2011_final_IMG_0719More and more chess federations have successfully introduced chess in school programmes during the last years. The key has been to use chess as a pedagogic tool that develops important skills in the children. The question is, what is the best way in this environment? It is to use the appeal of the game’s social side.

Jesper Hall narrates the Swedish success story ”Schack4an”, tells of its driving force, Göran Malmsten, and about the attempt to create a Swedish culture of chess.

It all started with a conversation I had with Grandmaster Lars Karlsson about the future of chess. Over a couple of beers, we went back and forth over the possibilities of how the Swedish chess elite could make their money and how chess could gain higher status. In the end, we had reached the grain of truth, and Karlsson concluded:

“We have to create a culture of chess. We must get chess associated with something positive, and we must succeed so well that when anyone hears the word chess, the lips of this anyone should form a smile. From that moment on, chess can grow strong at all levels.”

What happened next was, surprisingly, not that we resigned and ordered a new beer, but that we realised that the perfect tool already existed in Sweden, “Schack4an”.

JAM Jamaica
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 17:18
Ian Wilkinson sends us this:

In the last few months alone our chess-in-schools population has grown by several thousand due to the work done by the Magnificent Chess Foundation, a charitable body of which I am the Chairman. The demand for chess is very high and currently vastly exceeds our ability to cope due to limited resources.

At present we are teaching about ten thousand children in the schools. This is tremendous from our point of view having regard to the total population in Jamaica of roughly 2.5 million people.
Chess is a Medicine for Antiaging
Friday, 06 May 2011 07:26
Those important material contributed by Mr.Leonxto Garcia, famous chess journalist. Material describes the researches of neurology, proving how chess is used for antiaging. in 21st Century, human life will be longer. This will create a lot of health expenses on the budget of governments, dealing with aging problem. Old people, will need cure. Those researches show how chess is useful to deal with those problems. People, who knows how to play chess, will use their brain more efficiently, and they will be able to care themselves.

Here is the research, our thanks go to Mr.Garcia...

pdf Relation of Cognitive activity to risk of developing Alzheimer (Wilson's neurology)
American Academy of Neurology, 28 May 2008. R.S.Wilson (PhD); P.A.Scherr (PhD, ScD), J.A.Schnedier (MD), Y.Tang (PhD), P.A.Bennett (MD)

Mind Games May Trump Alzheimer's Study Cites Effects of Chess, Bridge

The Washington Post, Shankar Vedentam, 19 June 2003

pdf Knight's move thinking? Mild Cognitive impairment in a chess player (Neurocase)
H.A.Archer, J.M.Schott, J.Barnes, N.C.Fox, J.L.Holton, T.Revesz, L.Cipoletti, M.N.Rosser  26 Fabruary 2008

pdf Echec à Alzheimer (French!)

Par Leontxo Garcia

FRA French Convention with Ministry of Education
Monday, 28 February 2011 14:51
The French Chess Federation (FFE - Fédération Française des Echecs) first signed a convention with the national Ministry of Education in 2007. That was for three years. The convention has recently been renewed for another three years until 2014.

The most important point is that the Ministry of Education officially recognizes the educational benefits of chess.
RUS Russia - Tatarstan
Friday, 18 February 2011 10:12
Ildar_Khalikov6Tatarstan Republic, Russia

Fantastic news from Ildar Khalikov, Prime Minister of this small Russian Republic (population 3.8 million), about their development of Chess in Schools.

The present is excellent, but the future will be amazing. Starting this September, chess will be rolled out as a part of the compulsory curriculum for all primary school students (years 1-4).

Chess was taught in 586 schools (28%) and 154 kindergartens (8%) to more than 42.000 children in total in 2010, almost double the number of 2008.
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