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.

The world of chess in schools is on fire
Saturday, 26 November 2011 12:00
The chess in schools snowball is rolling. It is getting bigger by the day. Over the next week, we will be adding news of developments in (at least) Andorra, Australia, Belize, India, Kazakhstan, Laos, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa and Uruguay, not to mention bringing you up to date with the CIS100 projects in Slovakia and Slovenia.
2nd George Koltanowski Memorial Conference - Chess and Education - Dallas
Saturday, 19 November 2011 14:06
2011_koltanowski-brochure-front_coverToday is the second and concluding day of this Conference. Yesterday, CIS members Margaret Murphy (USVI) and Professor Charles Moura Netto (BRA) gave presentations on Simultaneous Teaching of Teachers and Students, and Chess that Brings Freedom, respectively. Prof. Netto's talk elaborated on the video we presented here.

This afternoon, I will be presenting the 'Turkish Delight' and how that led to the development of FIDE Student Membership and the CIS100 Projects. You may download my two part presentation, including illustrations (Turkey - World ) or read the text (without the illustrations) below.

There have been many interesting presentations. Some were given in parallel, so I have not seen and heard them all, but I have been especially impressed by Damian Nash (How to Make Chess More Appealing to Schools and Educators), Dr Stephen Lipschultz (Brain Function and Cognitive Processes in at-risk Children), Dr Alexey Root (extracts from her forthcoming book Thinking with Chess: Teaching Children Ages 5-14), a most entertaining talk by David MacEnulty.

Perhaps the single most important presentation was that by Dr Teresa Parr. She spoke about her current research project Exploring Why Chess Works. This is a large-scale (300 children) and long-term (2-3 years) carefully implemented study with proper control groups. The research is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. The funding is a massive USD 1,049,094!!

All (or most) of these articles should appear on the Conference web site soon.

Kevin O'Connell, Executive Secretary, FIDE Chess in Schools Commission

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