India - Gujarat, Tamil Nadu & Maharashtra
Monday, 05 December 2011 09:01
We are pleased to present an outline of the most important developments in India, sent by our member Ravindra M. Dongre. 

aicf_logoIn India Chess is a very popular game and is played in many schools across the country. Also there are several Inter-School Chess Tournaments in almost every district of the country. 

However, chess was not introduced officially in the schools until two years ago, when this was first done in the state of Gujarat. Thanks to the initiative of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, chess was introduced as a subject in schools.

It is taught twice a week in every school of Gujarat.

South Africa
Thursday, 01 December 2011 23:11

mandelaThere are many countries where the work of getting chess into the schools is complicated. South Africa is a good example. The national federation has overall responsibility and works, following normal protocol, with both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Sport. Then there are other initiatives, notably Moves for Life, who now have the involvement of the Kasparov Chess Foundation and also cooperate with the David MacEnulty Chess Foundation. It is not easy to get all the initiatives working together in the same direction. In South Africa they seem to be close to agreeing a unified way forward, perhaps inspired by one of Nelson Mandela’s most famous quotes “It always seems impossible until it's done.” 

Our thanks to Emelia Ellappen, President of the South African Chess Federation, to David MacEnulty and to Kelvin Kemm, Watu Kobese, Afrika Msimang and Marisa van der Merwe of Moves for Life. They have all, one way or another, provided some of the material that follows in this lengthy report.

The report is in three sections:
1. From the Dederation's web site.
2. David MacEnulty's report.
3. Moves for Life report on their developments.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 18:43
korea_kirsan_kcfpresFIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov led a delegation comprising General Secretary Ignatius Leong and President's Assistant Berik Balgabaev on a working trip to South Korea. President Ilyumzhinov met the President of the Korea Chess Federation, Hyun In-Suk, who gave an update on the progress of chess development in Korea since she was elected the President in 2007.

 KCF has embarked on its own chess in schools program and Ms. Hyun is glad to inform that about 500,000 young children are learning the game. Baduk (or GO) is a traditional board game in Korea and it is very popular among the older generation. However, despite this strong competition, Chess has gained popularity and more children are taking to Chess compared to "GO".
Belize - MacEnulty Foundation Project
Saturday, 26 November 2011 13:29
There are many organizations in the United States that work to promote chess in schools. The David MacEnulty Chess Foundation ( is one of them.

macenulty_foundation_logoThey are funding a project in Belize and we are grateful to David MacEnulty for permission to reproduce their article here. For those of you who do not recognize the name, David MacEnulty is an inspirational chess teacher whose work was the subject of the excellent movie Knights of the South Bronx. But now, further South to Belize ...
Andorra 2011
Saturday, 26 November 2011 12:04
andorra_logoOur thanks to Joan Andoni Obregon Gutierrez for sending us the report on the evolution of chess in Andorran schools during 2011 and the prospects for 2012.

You can find the complete report in our Reports section here. However, we should draw your attention to certain points, some interesting, some potentially important for you.

The Andorra project began in 1987 and employs two full-time chess teachers. Since 2007-2008, there has been a clarification of chess instruction during school hours (Ministry of Education) and after school hours (Ministry of Sport). The current split is about 70-80% during school hours. The detail in the report is potentially important for those working in countries where both Ministries are involved.

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