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Spanish Parliament Supports School Chess

Leontxo Garcìa is a succesful lobbyist for chess in Spain
Leontxo Garcìa is a succesful lobbyist for chess in Spain
The political camps rarely agree on anything in Spain. However, when it comes to chess in schools, politicians from all parties represented in the education commission of the Spanish Parliament came together to support the introductio of chess in schools, as reports El Paìs in its English edition. Although their decision is not immediately allocating resources, this is a major opportunity and has been accomplished by two initiators: Pablo Martìn, a member of parliament (here´s a video of his speech in parliament – in Spanish) and journalist Leontxo Garcìa, who was a speaker at our conferences in 2013 and 2014.

Skak gør børn klogere

This means “Chess makes children smarter” and is the headline of a six minute report by Denmark´s TV 2 main news broadcast last Monday.

denmark tv2 newsThe TV talked to Michael Rosholm and Andreas Rasch Christensen from the University Aarhus. There research was done on a pilot, where fifth-graders had one weekly maths lesson replaced by a weekly chess lesson for one school year, after which they did better on maths than pupils in a control group. Rosholm, a reputed education scientist, said that chess teaches thinking, and that thinking ahead and improved self-control are likely the main factors to explain the improved performances. The TV crew visited Virupskolen, a school in Hjortshoej, where an impressed teacher, Linne Nissen, said that she is going to start chess with her first grade next year.

It´s Time for Cooperation!

Standing up for Cooperation: Jesper Hall
Standing up for Cooperation: Jesper Hall

A selection from the unprompted, written feedback we have received:

Jesper Hall, Sweden:
“I think it was brilliant in many ways, both the content but also because it gathered a lot of the driving forces of the different projects of Chess in Schools around Europe. I have a feeling that this can be the start of a new era (well I know that it sounds a bit exaggerated, but still…) in that sense that it is now time for cooperation.”

Frank Wright, UK:
“I write to thank you for an excellent and most stimulating conference. It was very useful and most enjoyable. It will be of great benefit to me in my chess teaching at Bramhall Primary School, Stockport.”

Tal Granite, Canada:
“It was very informative and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.”

David Wells, UK:
“Many thanks for a great conference packed with interesting people and fascinating ideas which will give me a lot to think about. I am already looking forward to the next one. Everyone was so friendly and sociable. I am sending emails to quite a few people with whom I hope to keep in touch and exchange views in the coming year.”

Anna Nicotera, USA:
“It was a pleasure to present, but even more, I truly enjoyed meeting with everyone who attended. There are some great research projects and I learned a lot from talking with folks about the details of their projects and the issues they have faced. It is very productive to have this kind of conversations in person.”

Left to right: Luba Alterman, John Foley, Wendi Fischer, Anna Nicotera, Roland Grabner (front), Kevin O´Connell, Jorge Silva, Jakob Glibstrup, Mads Jacobsen
Left to right: Luba Alterman, John Foley, Wendi Fischer, Anna Nicotera, Roland Grabner (front), Kevin O´Connell, Jorge Nuno Silva, Jakob Glibstrup, Mads Jacobsen

Christina Schenz, Germany:
“I was concerned if my topic, the promotion of giftedness in all children, would be too academic. Now that I have received positive feedback and requests for cooperation I am really glad that I took part.”

Bo Johansson, Sweden:
“It has been a great pleasure to participate, establish contacts and learn about what is going on as to chess in schools all over Europe. I really appreciate how you kept the various conference events going and made them into fruitful experiences for the participants.”

Christina Schenz and Jennifer Shahade
Christina Schenz and Jennifer Shahade

Jennifer Shahade, USA:
“I loved the conference, the event, and the atmosphere at the Classic, and hope to be back in the future for a longer visit!”

Janos and Marton Pallagi, Hungary:
“The conference was amazing and covered all parts of scholastic chess and mathematics. We learnt a lot and built relationships with valuable professionals.”

Ferdo Dizdarevic, UK:
“I am a great believer and supporter of Scholastic Chess. I think it´s a brilliant idea to give children the opportunity to learn new skills while playing games. As a PE teacher and sport scientist I believe our duty is to give our offspring a strong foundation, combining body and mind, for future development.”

Magdalena Zielinska, Poland:
“Thank you so much for all the inspiring sessions, workshops, ideas and conversations and above all for your hospitality and the wonderful evenings in London. Looking forward to future cooperation!”