CiS Council meeting in Konya
Friday, 17 July 2015 10:40
tsf img 4770FIDE’s Chess in Schools Commission held its Council meeting (1-2 July) during the European Schools Chess Championship held in Konya.

Commission Chairman Kevin O'Connell (Ireland) was assisted by Secretary Sainbayar Tserendorj (Mongolia) and Council Members Tshepo Sitali (Botswana), Christos Pilalis (Greece) and Ravindra Dongre (India). Other invited attendees: Secretary of CiS Higher Education & Research and President of the International School Chess Union, Alexander Kostyev and Jose Francisco Suarez Roca (Spain).

Several presentations were made on the first day, including one by Turkish Chess Federation Board Member Kasim Yekeler, informing Council members about the great work and enormous achievements of the Turkish Federation in our area of chess in schools (and pre-schools!).

Pictured, left to right: Kostyev, Pilalis, O’Connell, Suarez, Sitale, Dongre, Tserendorj.
Ankara conference - chess for pre-school
Monday, 29 June 2015 19:49
logo full11407109 510169615803230 2751967033194051708 nThe Turkish Chess Federation and I’m Growing up with Chess Club (Satrançla Büyüyorum), with financial support from the SporToto Administration, have initiated a project that will establish chess corners in 1000 kindergartens across Turkey, introducing pupils in these kindergartens to chess and providing professional chess education to teachers in order to disseminate chess in kindergartens during the 2015-2016 academic term.

You can read more about the project and full details of the seminar below.

The project will be initiated in regional centres such as Ankara, Denizli, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Gaziantep, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Kocaeli, Mersin, Ordu and Sivas, then will be put into practice in other provinces in the upcoming years.

Before the initiation of this project, in order to provide information about different chess teaching methods in Turkey and abroad; compare and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of teaching methods and eventually create an exemplary teaching method through the mutual exchange of ideas, the Turkish Chess Federation and I’m Growing up with Chess Club, with the financial support of the Republic of Turkey Promotion Fund, organized a workshop entitled “International Comparison of Chess Education Models for Preschool Level”. The workshop took place on 13-14 June 2015 at Meyra Palace Hotel in Ankara.
Ireland - Giant participation in primary school
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 19:06
scoil ideSituated in Limerick City in the West of Ireland, Scoil-Ide is the largest Primary School in the city with over 800 pupils.

Every year for the last 13 years, the school has run an in-house Chess tournament, and this year over 200 players took part, probably setting an Irish record for the largest in-house school tournament.

We wonder how many primary schools around the world can match a 25% participation rate in an internal school tournament. What is the largest that you know of?

Our thanks to John Alfred who has provided a fine illustrated report that you can download here.
Geneva, Switzerland - 'Everybody Play Chess!'
Thursday, 25 June 2015 11:19

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Nothing like receiving your prizes and diplomas from a World Champion - Alexandra Kosteniuk (Women's World Champion 2008-2010) and Vladimir Kramnik (World Champion 2006-2007)
The Neva Foundation organised on the 11th and 12th of June in Geneva the final of the Interscholastic tournament Tous aux Echecs

56 Geneva students met during a round-robin tournament of 8 teams, all qualified from a qualification tournament that started in schools in May.

After a long day of games played in a festive and passionate atmosphere, the team of Trembley eventually won the coveted trophy.

You can read more below and, if you understand French, there are two very nice short videos:
Poland - Education through Chess in School - Warsaw Final
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:38
asc 4131-300pxThe Final Tournament of the national project "Education through Chess in School"

On 20th June 2015 at the National Stadium in Warsaw was held the II Final Tournament of the national project "Education through Chess in School". The project is implemented in classes I-III of the primary schools through Polish Chess Federation with the support of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, Ministry of Education and local authorities. The competition was the summary of this year's edition of the project and were attended by 356 children from 71 teams representing 62 schools from across Poland.

The European Parliament.took high patronage of the competition. Polish Chess Federation partners in this project were the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, Ministry of Education, the Mayor of Warsaw, the mBank Foundation and Mazowieckie Railways.
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