Chess boom in schools

Sep 02, 2019 at 17:08 • Sport

Results are in for the Competition to join the Chess at Schools project run by the Russian Chess Federation and the Timchenko Foundation since 2014. The project is to be joined by 5 new regions: Voronezh Oblast, Kurgan Oblast, Rostov Oblast, Republic of Mordovia and Khabarovsk Krai.

A total of 8 provinces took part in the Competition. The competition panel evaluated the entries using the same criteria. The chess federations gave the number of schools where chess was already a subject, the number of those planning to introduce chess lessons in the next academic year, as well as describing the province’s teacher training requirements and capabilities. There was also explored interest from local schools in a competition for best chess teaching among secondary schools. Another important criterion in identifying the winners was chess education support from the state and municipal authorities.

Chess at Schools expands its reach every year. The project was launched in Pskov Oblast in 2014. In the 2015-2016 school year, it was joined by Zabaykalsky Krai, and in the 2016-2017 school year a competition was held among chess federations, which added another four provinces to the project: Altai Krai, Krasnodar Krai, Novosibirsk Oblast, as well as the Republic of Ingushetia. In the 2017-2018 school year the project was joined by Kemerovo Oblast and the Chuvash and Udmurt Republics. The 2018-2019 school year saw the addition of Bryansk and Tula Oblasts to the project. With the new participants counted in, the number of project-affiliated provinces has risen to 16.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the entrants for their interest in the project!