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Presentation of CiS in Armenia: a path to success
Thursday, 24 January 2013 14:27
During the 2013 1st quarter Presidential Board in Armenia (19-20 of January) Armenian chess federation presented their Chess in Schools program (presentation made by GM Smbat Lputian). With the support of  President of Armenia and Armenian chess federation President Serzh Sargsyan the program reached a huge success in the country.

Chess is included in the school curriculum, Chess Academy in built in Yerevan to support trainers and teachers, National Scholastic chess Olympiad is held annually. Psycologists and teachers took part in the development of scholastic materials for chess in schools program and this large work took 2 years of discussions. 1900 teachers were trained, there were hundreds of training sessions held. Since 2011 the program took under its umbrella 1574 schools throughout Armenia and Nagorno-Kharabakh with 74.000 pupils involved.
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All-Ukrainian seminar “Chess in Schools: theory, implementation, experience”
Thursday, 27 December 2012 16:02

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On December 24th, 2012 the first all-Ukrainian roundtable discussion seminar “Chess in Schools: theory, implementation, experience” was held in Kiev. The seminar was organized by Ukrainian Chess Federation and Ukrainian Charity Foundation “Chess for Children”.

Over 60 leading chess specialists from all over Ukraine came to attend the seminar. Among them were famous chess coaches, experienced chess teachers, methodologists, heads of chess schools and centers, authors of the best programs, books and textbooks on teaching chess. The event started with a welcome speech by the President of Ukrainian Chess Federation Viktor Kapustin. He talked about plans and perspectives of implementation of “Chess in Schools” program on a national level and expressed his hope that this seminar will establish a good tradition of regular meetings of all chess professionals to share experience, discuss and find solutions to the most urgent up-to-day issues.

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Rosneft Training Day in Beijing
Tuesday, 25 December 2012 13:17

china_07Another of a long series of training days around the world, sponsored by our global sponsor Rosneft, was held in Chinese capital Beijing  on November 25th 2012.

Every kid received a free T-shirt and cap and got to play in a simul against the best Chinese players. Among the grandmasters who challenaged the young talents was former Women’s World Champion Xu Yuhua (she was a champion in 2006-2008) – she makes the first moves in her simultaneous excibition on the picture below.

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Anna Ushenina hopes for chess to come into Ukrainian schools
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 13:55
usheninaNew Women World Champion gave an interview to Yury Vasiliev, published at ChessPro.ru. Answering a question on what she'd like to do being a world champion, Ushenina said:

"I'd like chess in Ukraine to get a new impulse. We have a lot of strong players, but it is desirable that a new generation grows, that children come to chess. Of course, most of them won't become champions, but studying chess is very good for development. As maximum, I'd like that chess becomes a subject in schools, as minimum, I'd like more children to study chess".

photo by Aleksey Maishev: Ushenina receives "Kaissa" award in Moscow as the best foreign player, December 2012
 
Romania's Chess in School project progress
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 00:00
Romania's Iasi is a center of country's chess in schools movement. Every year 5000 children learn chess.
In July of 2011 Iasi held European Youth chess championships, and in April-May 2012 World school chess championships took place there.
Iasi not only has chess in schools project running, but chess is also present in kindergardens and neighborhoods.
Chess in schools commission of Romanian chess federation sent us this presentation of their activities - take a look to find out more. Romania_CIS.pdf (2 Mb!)

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