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. 
Chess in Schools in Israel: Progress report
Monday, 28 May 2012 12:10
Chess in Schools project in Israel moves further. You can check the previous reports on it here and here.
The project is operated in second classes of primary schools in 12 communities selected according to socio-economic and geographical considerations while the population is both secular and religious, Arabs and Jews.

The program is based on the textbook "The Kings' Game for Kindergartens and younger divisions" approved by the Division for Pre School Education.  All the chess instructors got a 60 hour course and were certificated as Chess Instructor by the Israel Chess Federation.

The fact that so far at least 80% of the children in the project know to play chess and the responses of school principals, coordinators and especially combat children's knowledge prove the success of the project.

Recently Israel Chess Federation received the second part of donation by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for the Chess in Schools project in Israel.

After clicking on 'read more', you can read the email from Israel Chess Federation to FIDE President.

Live web broadcast of Turin CiS conference - 28 May
Thursday, 17 May 2012 06:49

Chess and Mathematics: Learning by Playing

piemonte_circoloThis important international Chess in Schools conference takes place in Turin soon (28 May). It will be broadcast live on the web (in English & Italian).

Teaching chess at school may significantly improve pupils’ mathematics learning abilities, according to a study by INVALSI (the Italian National Institute for the Evaluation of the Education System) conducted as part of a controlled research project involving some 2,000 8 and 9-year-old children attending a sample of primary schools throughout Italy.

We will be using modern technology to take part from a distance, thus saving on carbon emissions - another step to making the planet a better place for our children and grandchildren.

Continue below for details about the conference (where and how to watch and listen) and the Piedmont program. 

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