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.

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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Early Years Skills
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 13:23
2018 0109 eys introEarly Years Skills is brought to you by FIDE in association with Alfiere Bianco and CASTLE. The CASTLE project, created by Alfiere Bianco,  aims to make children the central figures in developmental game playing, progressively developing their sensory-motor capacity.

Through song, dance and games, children in kindergarten learn basic concepts useful for STEM subjects.
This program can best be understood by watching the children during lessons in the 52 videos on our dedicated web site

The children are the central figures in developmental game playing, progressively developing their sensory-motor capacity by requiring the use of active intelligence during game activities.
These highly beneficial lessons take place in an exclusive and protected space: the GIANT chessboard. Experience shows that this becomes a magical experience for kids – a bridge between reality and imagination.
Carefully structured game activities heighten children's self-esteem as well as providing a unique opportunity to build relationships with companions based on loyalty, responsibility and partnership.

Gain command of lateral space and movement to improve time-space organization.
Learn and experiment with single directions - vertical (forward and backwards); horizontal (right and left); diagonal and directions in combination.
Learn letters and numbers through psychomotor experience.
Learn and experiment with different rhythms.
Improve the capacity to concentrate and react to given stimuli.
Develop self-control and command over general possibilities and limitations.
Create a safe environment by respecting the rules.
Develop the capacity to resolve problematic situations.
Form/Develop ‘strategies’.
Enrich vocabulary and expressive precision.
Learn respect and collaboration through team play.
See the chessmen as characters and, finally, understand how they move on the chessboard.

The manual lists the teaching objectives and for each lesson provides a summary, an equipment list, a fairy tale, main instructions and activity details for the teacher.
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