Thursday, 20 October 2011 16:46

jimmy_izijk_left_ian_wilkinson_centre_smallJimmy Izijk, President & Secretary of the Curacao Chess Academy, pictured (left) with Ian Wilkinson (centre), sent news about the Academy and its goals.

The current goal of the Curacao Chess Academy is to gradually introduce chess in our primary schools which have a total of 11.600 children. We have the ‘advantage’ that we are a small island with only 51 primary schools. We have calculated that about 34 chess instructors will be sufficient enough for all of our schools. We are trying to convince the government to start with some test-schools next year.

WGM Liu Shilan on development of chess in schools in Shenzhen
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 15:04
In June we added the excellent video Chess is like a Camellia to our video section here. Liu Shilan featured in that video, which was mainly about Fuxin primary school. During the recent Women's Grand Prix tournament in Shenzhen, Nastia Karlovich interviewed Liu Shilan, and this is what the 9-time national women's champion had to say:

Chess in schools has a long history in Shenzhen. It got under way thanks largely to the work of Liu Shilan, a Chinese female chess player and holder of the WGM title, which she received in 1982. She is also nine-time China National Women's Champion. During the Women’s Grand Prix in Shenzhen she explained (our thanks to Nastia for this report) the development of the chess in schools program there.

shenzhen 05 liu shilan-kirsan at the board during middle school visitIn 1992 I moved to Shenzhen and there were only three kids who were interested in playing chess. People didn’t know anything about chess, so I personally approached the head of every school and every kindergarten, asking them to include chess lessons in their school programme, trying to convince them at least to try it. I was a deputy of the parliament in Shenzhen at the moment, so of course this status and my chess successes helped to open doors for me to speak with people and encourage them. They trusted me and nowadays we have 163 schools which have chess lessons.

               Liu Shilan-Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

more excellent photos adorn the text that follows. 

Honorary Patron – Mikhail Gorbachev
Monday, 03 October 2011 09:35

At a meeting last week between FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Mikhail Sergeevich Gorbachev, the former President of the USSR accepted the proposal to become Honorary Patron of the Chess in Schools programme.

Slovakia CIS Project on TV prime time news
Saturday, 01 October 2011 17:36

skoly-logo1Slovak TV prime time news (19:30 on 18 September) carried a two minute item on CIS in Slovakia. 

You can also watch it on our Projects page or the Video page. A précis/transcript (in English) is to follow. Our thanks to CIS Slovakia project leader Martin Huba for this.

The logo is that of the CIS Slovakia project and its web page is here:


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