Chess and the school curriculum
Saturday, 30 April 2011 11:41
Root_-_People__Places_AmazonChess sometimes has its own place in the curriculum. Sometimes, since "échecs et maths" began in Quebec in the 1970s-1980s, it appears in the curriculum through other subjects.

In the last few years WIM Dr Alexey Root, a Senior Lecturer for The University of Texas at Dallas, has been working on introducing chess throughout the curriculum. She has produced specific ideas for use in classes teaching Geography, History, Language, Mathematics, Reading, Science, Writing ...

Amazon have a "Look Inside" facility so that you can read some of the content of each of her books. Here are the links:

I suggest that you start with Children & Chess: A Guide for Educators since this gives an excellent overview. Then move on to the others, perhaps in the order of publication: Science, Math, Checkmate (2008), Read, Write, Checkmate (2009) and People, Places, Checkmates (2010). There is also a book The Living Chess Game: Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14.

We are also aware of Leah Martin-Dagher's work - see Classroom Chess: The Primary Teacher's Handbook.

If you know of other work in this area, please contact us with details.
HAI Haiti Interschools
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 09:28
HAI5MAINA photo reportage of the Interschools Championship in Léogane, 19 March.

Our thanks to Raymond Ricardo.

There are some more photos if you click on "read more."

KEN - Mombasa, Kenya
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 17:57

Dr Philip MwasheChess in Kenya made a major milestone when the Chess in Schools Programme was launched on 7 March 2011. This has been a result of committed work by Dr. Mwashe for the past three years.

Dr. Mwashe has carried out demonstrations of the game, using various methods, including use of projectors and videos. He is also involved in the chess training of children.

FIDE President’s first official visit in Hungary
Thursday, 03 March 2011 13:20
FIDE President’s first official visit to Hungary.

 FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov completed his two-day visit to Hungary on the evening of March 1. The concluding event was a meeting with Dr. Pal Schmitt, President of the Hungarian Republic, IOC Vice President and two time Olympic Champion. During their one and a half hour meeting, they discussed the role of chess in education and the development of young people, the new opportunities for organizing chess tournaments in Hungary, the significance of cooperation among the federations of FIDE and the expected and necessary changes in the Hungarian Chess Federation (HCF).

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.
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