Chess in prisons in Mallorca & Menorca
Thursday, 22 February 2018 12:47
balearsWe have an interesting article (in Spanish) by Guillem Simo & Pep Suarez about the chess programme that began in 2008 and continues today.

The rapid tournament mentioned in the article, which was held in the Centro Penitenciario de Menorca, pitted four unrated inmates against four rated players from the federation. It was won by one of those unrated inmates!

The main aspect of the programme is to use chess as a tool to develop reflection and better to take decisions in critical moments.

Such programmes, like all uses of chess for educational purposes, came under FIDE's Chess in Schools Commission but since 2014 prison programmes are mostly developed by FIDE's Social Projects Commission.

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Saturday, 17 February 2018 21:44
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Chess - A Tool for Education & Health
Monday, 12 February 2018 19:06
Chess - A Tool for Education & HealthIn 2012 we published the 48 page booklet Chess in Schools - Our Global Future.

In 2014 we published a major update as a 2nd edition (available here).

We have now completed a 3rd edition. This is a completely new booklet and we have changed the title to Chess - A Tool for Education & Health.

It will shortly be available for free download from this site.

In addition to the English edition, there will be free downloads for versions in French & Spanish.

If you want to promote chess in schools, this is the booklet you need.

It also provides support for those promoting chess as part of a social project, helping deprived children, prisoners, older citizens threatened with cognitive decline, and many others.

We encourage you to circulate it freely to ministries, school heads, teachers, parents and chess organizations of all kinds.

FIDE Student Membership
Friday, 12 January 2018 22:08
The FIDE Student Membership program ( has proved much more popular in some countries than others. There are some (if not all!) surprising results and we do not believe that anyone would have predicted the top 12:
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1 Slovakia 2270

2 Slovenia 1763

3 India 1110

4 Hong Kong 372
5 Moldova 342
6 Turkey 333
7 USA 309
8 Albania 302

9 Russia 212
10 UAE 202

11 Jersey 170
12 Yemen 159

Docente de Ajedrez + FIDE School Instructor
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:46
More seminars organized by FIDE/FEDA/FIBDA for the Docente de Ajedrez diploma and the FIDE School Instructor title. Next in Peru, then in Spain. All seminars in Spanish language.

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