CiS Africa - Angola CiS & Olympics
Monday, 03 March 2014 19:12
angola-withms.mariaaugustadasilvamartinsWe have previously reported on several CiS projects that are under way in Africa, for example in Algeria, Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mauritania...

President Ilyumzhinov has recently visited several more countries in Africa with a view to getting chess in schools projects started. The most exciting one is probably Angola. President Ilyumzhinov met with the State Secretary of the Ministry for Higher Education Ms. Maria Augusta da Silva Martins (the Minister was not in the country at the time) and the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Gonçalves Manuel Muandumba. At the meetings the leaders discussed the possibility of mutual cooperation, in particular, the training of specialists in the Russian sports universities, rendering the methodological and systematic assistance on CiS programme, holding the seminars for arbiters, trainers and organizers. 

Of course, we are excited about another CiS project, but also by the enthusiasm of the Angola National Olympic Committee (and many other African NOCs) to support the inclusion of chess in the Winter Olympic Games.

Slovak Schools Rapid Chess Championship 2013/2014
Friday, 27 December 2013 10:32

The town of Ruzomberok, for the 2nd time in row, has hosted the final tournament Slovak Primary Schools Rapid Chess Championship. Organizational team of the Chess Club Ruzomberok around Marek Zelnicky had managed difficult task for grade A with three stars. This is also the number of them on place where the event has been held. Thus there was *** Hotel Kultura with its areas of saloon and atrium that participants used for the play and rest. Besides bad snowy roads, all 60 registered participants arrived in advance (!) and I am confident about no one was upset, when coming home. After all, every participant brought home certifications of participation and gift prizes as a memory for the event. Lunch and refreshments were given to all players but accompanying persons as well.
The Birth of CiS Comission
Monday, 16 December 2013 17:41

Paladino2013 was a year full of Chess in Schools activities, and it comes to an end with numerous meetings and conferences on chess in schools in many parts of the world. For sure, there will be even more to come in 2014, but right now we would like to remember the history of FIDE CiS Comission and Nicola Palladino, the founder of the CiS movement. 

We thank Adolivio Capece, press officer of the Italian Chess Federation, for the information he sent us.  

Lebanon seminars training teachers
Monday, 02 December 2013 22:08
Over the last few months three seminars were held in Beirut, Mont Liban and the Bekaa region.  

A total of 43 teachers (41 Lebanese and 2 Palestinians) were awarded the certificate of Lebanon NSI (National School Instructor). The award ceremony was held as part of the closing ceremony for the Lebanese Chess Championship.

It is gratifying that the distribution of those certificates was assisted by officials from the Ministry of Education.

The trainers who gave the seminars were FI Roland Akhrass (President of the Lebanese CiS Committee and Vice President of the Lebanese Federation) and FT & IM Fadi Eid.

Materials were provided by FIDE-CiS and the trainers' own preparation was assisted by an internet seminar.

Our thanks to Roland Akhrass for the photographs which appear below, showing the seminars and also some of the presentations at the awards ceremony.

Chess and Education Conference in London
Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:58

There will be a Chess and Education conference in London during the London Chess Classic.

The conference takes place 7-8 December.

The title is:
Successes and Challenges
Improving School Chess Practice,
Research and Strategy

You can download the flyer . There are more details at including details of the programme, the speakers and how to register and pay for entry. Regrettably, we will not be present.
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