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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.

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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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CASTLE Project – Final Conference – Turin 26 May
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 19:16
erasmuslogoThe CASTLE project began in 2015 with funding of almost €250,000 from the EU under the Erasmus+ scheme. The initial project now comes to an end with this conference. CASTLE is an acronym for a  Chess curriculum to Advance Students´ Thinking and Learning skills in primary Education.

The project has been run in parallel in three countries: Italy, Germany and Spain. 50 primary school teachers and 900 children have been involved so far. You can read more about the project here and below.

FIDE joined in the project primarily to fund the production and dissemination of almost 50 videos showing how to implement the early years part of the course – chess for very young children on a giant chessboard. More information and the Early Years Skills videos themselves – in Italian but with sub-titles in English (and shortly in German and Spanish as well) – can be found on the dedicated web site eys.fide.com.

See below for the Conference programme and contact details.

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CiS Conference Warsaw 18-21 May
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 08:58
logoInternational Methodical Conference „Chess in School”

18 – 21 May, 2017, Warsaw, Poland

Conference Hall at Ośrodek Sportu i Rekreacji Śródmieście, 7 Polna Street

19.05.2017

9:00 – 14:00 –   Methodical Conference for the teachers of the project „Education through Chess in School

15:30 – 19:00 – Warsaw tour


20.05.2017

International Methodical Conference

9:00 – 12:00 – lectures – simultaneous translation

12:00 – 13:00 – coffee break, refreshments

13:00 – 16:00 – lectures, discussions

16:00 – end of the conference

18:00 – dinner


Registration deadline: 30th April 2017 - e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Registration fee: 50 Euro/person

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