A very important conference “Chess and Education” organized by the TCF and FIDE took place in Polat Renaissanse hotel in Istanbul on the 30th of August.
This initiative, sponsored by Rosneft which is a sponsor of FIDE Chess in Schools, will be followed by a series of such conferences in the future.
The conference was opened at 10:00 by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov who addressed the full hall with the audience capacity up to 120 people with his speech on the enormous importance of teaching small kids to play chess and the interest of ministers of education in various countries in the Chess in Schools movement.
The chairman of FIDE CiS Ali Nihat Yazici took the floor and welcomed everybody to the conference.
The opening session was followed by Turkish Professor Dr. Caner Açikada, Dean of the School of Sport Science and Technology from Hacettepe University, Ankara and his presentation on chess as a sport.
A cooperation Agreement between Ministry of Education of the Republic of Lebanon, Lebanese Chess Federation (with its President Nabil Bader) and FIDE was signed, namely by Minister of Education of the Republic of Lebanon Hassan B. Diab and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
The conference continued with morning session that laid the emphasis on Chess in Schools from the viewpoint of FIDE’s national federations, especially in the light of our CiS100 Projects in Slovakia and Slovenia.
The afternoon session had the presentations of two important speakers Italian Alessandro Dominici and Indian Malola Prasath Thittanimuttam Sundaramadhavan.