Introducing chess in Russian schools
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:51
2015 0317 1A press-conference dedicated to cooperation of the Sistema Charity Fund and the Non-profit Partnership Chess in schools aimed at introducing chess into the Russian school curriculum and increasing the role of chess in general education took place at the Women's World Chess Championship press centre on March 17.

It was attended by the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, legendary former World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili, the President of the Sistema Charity Fund Tatiana Gvilava, and the Chairman of the Non-profit organization Women in Business Galina Roketskaya.

The Chess in schools project in Russia was initiated by the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and approved by the Russian President Vladimir Putin. It includes developing school textbooks and teachers' manuals as well as organizing scholastic chess tournaments. Apart from that, cooperation with the Russian Ministry of Education and other relevant institutions in necessary for introducing chess into the curriculum.

ACES Europe - Gala Awards
Saturday, 22 November 2014 15:29
aces logofide delegation brussels croppedA delegation from FIDE was present on November 19th at the Annual Awards Gala of ACES Europe which was held in the European Parliament (Brussels). Torino received the flag of European Capital of Sport 2015 from Cardiff 2014. Flags were also presented to the European Capitals of Sport for 2016-2018: Prague (Czech Republic), European Capital of Sport 2016; Marseille (France), European Capital of Sport 2017; and Sofia (Bulgaria), European Capital of Sport 2018.

FIDE's collaboration with ACES Europe has been in the area of European CiS towns and municipalities. A friendly meeting between the two parties looked at ways of deepening the relationship.

The FIDE delegation consisted of CiS Commission Chairman Kevin O'Connell, ECU Educational Commission Chairman Jesper Hall, CiS Commission Consultant (ADHD & special needs education) Luis Blasco de la Cruz (right to left here) and CiS Commission ACES consultant Alessandro Dominici.

London Conference - New Game designs
Saturday, 22 November 2014 12:43
logo london chess and maths 2014The Conference incorporates an Open Competition to design a new game using a chessboard and pieces. An independent expert jury will decide the best game. The winner of the best game will be awarded a prize of £500.

Initial Submissions

Initial submissions should be no more than 300 words plus images (example).

Send your submission to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Deadline for submissions: 25th November 2014.

Suggested hint - make it simple, perhaps using a subset (or subsets) of the chessmen.

Probably best that it be good for primary age school children; perhaps even better it you can design something that would work with pre-schoolers.
Armenian conference publications
Thursday, 13 November 2014 11:47
Another 21 articles are now available. These are the ones that didn't make it to an actual presentation - time constraints obviously made that impossible. So, don't make the mistake of thinking that these are somehow second rate, there's a lot of interesting material:
Italian Aces train teachers to castle!
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00
alfierebiancoDid the headline grab your attention? We hope so, because Alessandro Dominici's report is an important one. Here it is:

During 2014 (from January to September) a project for the training of school teachers, on "Chess in Schools" activities, through the National Sports Promotion Body MSP - Italia and with the collaboration of the Italian Chess Federation has been successfully carried out.

There were 15 courses, covering almost all of Italy, with the participation of 700 teachers. Chess materials were provided for free to all participating schools, allowing them to start their chess in school activities during the school year 2014/2015 with at least 10,000 students involved. You can see a video about this project here (in italian):

Before this important project, however, many teachers involved in the "European City of Sport" project had already received the same kind of encouragement, through the project "CIS Towns" that FIDE and ACES Europe initiated, piloting it in Italy, already in 2013. You can see a video on this project here, put on you tube by Pavia Municipality – European Towns of Sports (in Italian):

Finally, as in any good children's story, came the news that the EU, through Erasmus+, wanted to reward "Chess in Schools" by giving a three-year fund of250,000 through its Italian agency. This project also involves Spain and Germany, and may constitute a new model for the inclusion of chess in schools, considering the development that it could have, thanks to the joint work….

The chess teaching protocols in all three projects are aimed at primary school, and provide for the use of psychomotricity on a giant chess board, chess on a desk and via the WEB (Victor’s Chess House).

Read More about the CASTLE project – ERASMUS +

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