Happy New Year!
Monday, 01 January 2018 13:30
new year 2018
Benidorm Docente+SI course
Thursday, 16 November 2017 21:58

The 5th FEDA/FIDE Docente+SI course (the first in English as well as Spanish) will be held as part of the 16th International Chess Festival at the Gran Hotel Bali. A very detailed description (in Spanish) can be found here. The main details are;

Gran Hotel Bali, Benidorm 7-10 December:
Dec 7 10.00-14.00
Dec 8 10.00-14.00
Dec 9 10.00-14.00
Dec 10 10.00-13.00 + exam 13.30-14.30

Successful candidates will receive both the Spanish Federation's Docente Diploma and the FIDE title of School Instructor.

Registration (until 1 December) by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Registration fee is €125 (to be paid in Benidorm to Patricia Claros of the Organizing Committee before the start of the course). Registration email to include SURNAME, First Name, FIDE ID (if you have one), date of birth, home address (including country), Telephone, Mobile & email). Ideally, you should attach a completed REG form (FIDE Annex 7.4a).
FIDE & Spanish Federation & IberoAmerican Federation working together
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 22:25
In 2015 FIDE, FEDA (the Spanish Chess Federation) and FIBDA (Federación Iberoamericana de Ajedrez) began working together to make available a course combining the Spanish Federation's Docente ('Teacher') course together with FIDE's School Instructor title.

That work came to fruition this year and four courses (all in Spanish language) have been held:

Online (ONL1) 4-6 August - 29 candidates almost all from South and Latin America.

Corrientes (ARG1) 29 September-1 October with 22 candidates almost all from Argentina.

Buenos Aires (ARG2) 3-6 October with 13 candidates all from Argentina.

Online (ONL2) 3-5 November with 23 candidates almost all from 6 South and Latin American countries.

The next will be in Benidorm, Spain during the 16th International Chess Festival at the Gran Hotel Bali. Unusually, this will be in English as well as Spanish. See the later announcement for details.
SI Seminar Agadir (Morocco)
Sunday, 29 October 2017 18:23
The next School Instructor (SI title) seminar will be in Agadir (Morocco) 4-9 December.

The seminar, organized by the FRME (Morocco Chess Federation) in French and Arabic, will be led by CiS Lecturer GM Slim Bouaziz.

Further information available from  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
1-2-3 - the best way to score!
Sunday, 04 June 2017 14:58
SCORING 1-1/2-0  OR 3-1-0  OR 3-2-1  OR 1-2-3

Every chess player has heard of 1-1/2-0 – one point for a win, half a point for a draw and zero for a loss. Many players will have heard of 3-1-0 (three for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss). Not so many will have heard of 3-2-1 (three for a win, two for a draw and one for a loss) which has been used in Swedish schools’ chess for many years.

Our recommendation is slightly different: 1-2-3. But the difference is very important, as we explain below. Our recommendation dates from the CiS Council meeting in Konya, Turkey in 2015.

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What is 1-2-3?

When a player sits down to play a game, he or she scores one point. That is for making the effort to turn up to play. If the game is drawn, each player gets an extra point. If the game ends decisively, the winner gets an extra two points. Thus there are three possible scores for a player in any game: 1-2-3.

Why 1-2-3?

There is a very big difference between 3-2-1 and 1-2-3 which may not immediately be apparent. 3-2-1 ensures that no player ever scores zero. However, the ‘one point for a loss’ is clearly nothing but a consolation. In 1-2-3, the initial point is a positive reward for taking part. It is difficult to overstate the importance of this in social and psychological terms.

In team events, not only does no player suffer the embarrassment and demotivation of a zero score but every single player makes a positive contribution.

Another, more modest advantage, is that there are no half-points involved.

What does 1-2-3 look like in practice?
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