In the competition for the implementation of the program “Chess in School”, 40 educational institutions of the republic won, in which, starting from 1 September, they will start learning how to play according to methodological manuals of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation. Also winners of the competition will receive a full technical equipment for training.

“From 1 March to 7 April, Kazakhstan held a competition for the implementation of this program. In total, we received 111 applications, and during the month the expert council carefully considered each candidate, – says project manager Saltanat Nogaibalanova, – The prize fund of the competition consisted of laptops, speakers, MFU, projector, chess boards, pieces, clocks, and a demonstration material. In addition, schools will receive a curriculum and teaching aids developed by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation specifically for primary school pupils.”

To date, this program has already been implemented in 44 schools in Almaty, Pavlodar, Kyzylorda and Shymkent, where more than 2 thousand pupils study. In addition, for the better mastering of the material, special training manuals were prepared, 85 trainers and 41 school psychologists were trained. The impact of chess on children was assessed in 22 schools, with more than 1,700 primary school students taking part in it.

“Chess in school is one of the priorities of our federation, – says the Executive Director of the Kazakhstan Chess Federation, Irina Grishchenko. – By the beginning of the new school year, the program will operate in 84 schools in 34 cities and villages of Kazakhstan. It is gratifying that the competition covered all the regions of the republic, for example, we received 20 applications from Pavlodar. We were a little surprised that only one school from Uralsk participated in the competition, despite the fact that much attention is paid to chess in this city. Pupils of schools in this region regularly become prize-winners of international and republican tournaments, and West Kazakhstan Innovation and Technology University is already introducing a program of additional education for adults in the academic discipline “Chess: theory and methodology of teaching”.

The schools that won the competition represent 30 different cities and towns of the country, including cities: Kokshetau, Aktobe, Temir, Atyrau, Almaty, Nur-Sultan, Shymkent, Shu, Zhezkazgan, Karaganda, Karkaralinsk, Temirtau, Kostanay, Kyzylorda, Aktau, Ekibastuz, Petropavlovsk, Arys, as well as villages: Balkashino, Kurshim, Uvarovo, Kulan, Borsengir, Aktogay, Koktobe, Chernoretsk, Enbekshi, Enbektu, Chemgan.

General partner of the KCF is NWF Samruk-Kazyna JSC, social partner is foundation for development of social projects “Samruk-Kazyna Trust”.

General sponsor is the Kazakhstan Chess Federation NGO – the Scientific and Educational Foundation named after Academician Shahmardan Esenov.