Chess in Schools in French - la francophonie
Thursday, 02 June 2016 18:30
logoThe Association Internationale des Echecs de la francophonie (AIDEF) has become very active in the past few years. The Forum Echecs et Education and School Instructor seminar (see below) in Geneva, in association with the Fédération Genevoise d'Echecs, FIDE, ECU and the city of Geneva, are recent examples of this activity. We wish them well with future developments, especially their stated aim to develop the teaching of chess in all its Members States.

We are pleased and proud that we (CiS) have produced so much of our teaching and support material in French, especially because of the role this will play in the development of chess in Africa.

We are grateful to AIDEF President Patrick van Hoolandt for the following material which tells you about AIDEF and its activities.

At the end of 2012, when I was elected President of AIDEF as a successor to Noureddine Tabbane, we were 9 members only. Today, thanks to the association’s dynamism, we have 38 members, including 33 national federations.

The current list of members is posted on our website:

School Instructor Seminar - Geneva
Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:41
fge logo A seminar for applicants for the FIDE title of SI (School Instructor) will be held in Geneva 27-30 June.

The seminar (in French language)  is organized by the Fédération Genevoise d'Echecs (FGE)  in collaboration with the Département de l'Instruction Publique de la culture et du sport, the city of Geneva, FIDE, the ECU and the Association Internationale des Echecs Francophones (AIDEF).

The lecturer is GM Slim Bouaziz, assisted by GM Gilles Miralles.

This is part of La semaine du jeu d'échecs et de la francophonie which you can read more about here and download the programme here.

Further enquiries (and entries) to FGE: or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (tel: +41 0 22 321 64 36).

School Instructor Seminar - Romania
Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:51
63 teamworkA Seminar for the title of School Instructor will be held in Cap Aurora/Jupiter on the Black Sea coast.

The seminar, in Romanian language, will be led by Vlad Ungureanu, Romania's senior chess in schools lecturer.

It is organized by the Central Chess Club in partnership with the Romanian Chess Federation.

The seminar will take place 27-29 June.

More details below (click on 'read more'), for anything further and to enquire about attending, please email: cc.sahbucuresti@mts

FIDE Student Magazine
Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:33
CiSLogoVerticalWe are now up to issue FSM134.

We last wrote about the magazine in a news item November last year when FSM110 was the latest issue. There we provided download links for sample issues (FSM80 - FSM85) in a variety of languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

The magazine, delivered by email, is free and can be signed up to at

Below (click on 'read more') you will find a few of the more recent issues that can be downloaded.

Geneva - Neva Foundation
Thursday, 26 May 2016 09:26
photo 01Organized by the Neva Foundation, 1200 children took part in the 2nd edition of the schools tournament "Tous aux Echecs"* (All to Chess or maybe All for Chess) on 19 May in Geneva.

The Foundation has introduced chess into 52 schools in and around Geneva. 52 classes, with their teachers and carers, came from those schools to play a five round tournament (see the PDF, in French, for more information and names of the winners). The event needed a huge space and the city made available the main pavillion of the sports centre Bout-du-Monde.

In attendance was former world champion Vladimir Kramnik who was a big hit with the children, as you can see from the photos. A nice touch was that the children selected to play against Kramnik were not picked on the basis of their tournament result, but by a drawing of lots.

"To see the enthusiasm that this tournament arouses in these pupils is our best reward" Delphine Duchosal, Director of the Neva Foundation.

*NB. This "Tous aux Echecs" is not to be confused with the organization "Tous aux Echecs" founded as a joint venture between the French Chess Federation and BNP Paribas in 2008 in Montreuil (outskirts of Paris) which introduces chess to children, often outside the classroom and puts an emphasis on the inter-generational possibilities inherent in the game.
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