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The evolution of the Chess at Schools project

Jan 24, 2020 at 17:49 • Sport

Since December 2019 the Business School of the Rostov State Economics University has been teaching refresher courses titled “Ways to teach chess as a school subject” as part of the Chess at Schools grant programme, being implemented by the Chess Federation of Rostov Oblast with support from the Chess Federation of Russia and the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. To date, training has been provided to 2 groups of 25 teachers from the educational establishments that run the Chess at Schools project in the cities of Rostov-on-Don, Novocherkassk, Donetsk, Shakhty, Novoshakhtinsk, [and in] Salsky, Sholokhovskoy, Peschanokopskoy, Krasnosulinsky [and] Matveyevo-Kurgansky Raions of Rostov Oblast.

As part of the refresher courses, the Academic Board room of the Rostov State Economics University (RINKh) was used to hold a roundtable on the promotion of chess as a school subject in Rostov Oblast 22 January 2020.

The items on the agenda were discussed by: A.A. Surmalyan, President of the Chess Federation of Rostov Oblast, Ye.N. Makarenko, rector of RSEU (RINKh), A.U. Albekov, president of RSEU (RINKh), and N.G. Kuznetsov, head of the Kovalevskaya chess academy, who sit on the Supervisory Board of FShR [Chess Federation of Russia (CFR)], A.A. Grivtsov, CFR director, the CFR commission on chess as a school subject, and the refresher course trainees.

In his welcome address to the roundtable, A.A. Surmalyan, President of the Chess Federation, stated that the CFR will seek to maximize its outreach to the schools in Rostov Oblast through its Chess at Schools project in coordination with RSEU (RINKh).

A report on the promotion of chess education in Rostov Oblast was delivered by O.N. Ikonnikova, Chair of the CFR commission on chess as a school subject. She said that what was needed was more chess supplies and teaching and learning aids for the schools, local associations of teachers of chess as a school subject, a special course entitled “Basic ways to teach chess at school” as part of the syllabi for Pedagogical Education in Provincial Colleges and Universities, including at the Chekhov Taganrog Pedagogical Institute (branch of RSEU (RINKh)), as well as a regional chess resource centre, to be set up at RSEU (RINKh) at some point in the future to make the necessary guidelines and further training available to the school teachers of chess.

The administration of RSEU (RINKh) supported the CFR’s initiatives to grow the Chess at Schools project in Rostov Oblast.