Chess & Education Conference Istanbul 30 August
Thursday, 23 August 2012 12:07

Speakers from around the world will make their presentations at the first in a series of international chess in schools conferences which will be sponsored by Rosneft.

This first conference lays the emphasis on Chess in Schools from the viewpoint of FIDE's national federations, especially in the light of our CiS100 Projects in Slovakia and Slovenia, now being rolled out in Algeria, Moldova and Peru, with more to follow.

Sporting and research aspects will also be covered.

Speakers include Prof.Dr.Caner Açikada, Dean of the School of Sport Science and Technology, Hacettepe University, Ankara and Malola Prasath Thittanimuttam Sundaramadhavan, Director for Research, Development & Dissemination, the Foundation for Learning Research in Chess, India.

You can see the titles for most of the presentations on the adjacent poster. There will also be a Panel discussion and a chance to ask your questions. 

Renaissance Polat Hotel, Istanbul. 10:00-17:30. Free entry - all are welcome. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and a buffet lunch.

For a detailed schedule please read more
World Champion Anand on chess in schools
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 13:03
anand_01In his lengthy interview for (our thanks to Peter Doggers), World Champion Vishwanathan Anand spoke about his involvement in the development of chess in schools.

Will you be assisting in developing chess in the region?

They're planning to introduce chess in schools, so we kind of spoke about what I could do. We didn't make firm plans but if there's anything I can do to promote, I will of course help them.

How many schools and children are we talking about?

Well, it has now been made part of the school curriculum for the whole state. I don't know the student population of Tamil Nadu but it must be, well... the state itself has a population of about 65 million so you can guess the student population from that. So it's quite a large measure to put chess in all the schools in Tamil Nadu.

Youth championships in Palestine
Friday, 27 July 2012 15:54

Palestine_01At the beginning of July Qusin club in cooperation and supervision of Palestinian chess federation organized AOCC Junior Chess Team Championship in several age categories under 20 years old. 64 players came to a town near Nablus to represent their clubs from most provinces of the country.

Unfortunately, the conditions were not easy: the participants slept together in a hall and had to play 5 games in two days. However, the competition went successfully. 

Nepal Inter School Tournament sets the record of participation
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 17:58

8th Annapurna Inter School Chess Tournament has finished on the 17th of June. With 197 juniors participating in 4 age categories among boys and girls, the event had the largest participation in the chess history of Nepal.

The happy winners were Pandey Anusha (Girls Under 9), Neupane Anish (Boys Under 9), Tamrakar Perisha (Girls Under 11), Thokar Bikash (Boys Under 11), Jaiswal Bina (Girls Under 13), Shrestha Sanjay (Boys Under 13), Prajapati Kabita (Girls 13+), Dangol Bijaya (Boys 13+). 

Here are some pictures from the event kindly sent to us by Rajesh Hari Joshi from Nepal Chess Association: 

CiS Questionnaire 2012
Saturday, 09 June 2012 20:34
The 2012 Questionnaire was recently distributed by the FIDE Secretariat. In case you need a copy, or are just curious, you can find it here .

The replies are already coming in and we will collate them and add the details to our spreadsheet of chess in schools around the world. As soon as that has been updated (from the version we distributed at the 2011 FIDE Congress in Krakow), we will post it here on the web site. 
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