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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chess champions Kasparov, Polgar seek EU backing for more chess in schools

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According to an AFP chess news story originating from Brussels, chess stars Gary Kasparov and Judit Polgar are seeking European Union support to promote the game in schools across the continent.

Former world champion Kasparov said Tuesday he was looking for government support on top of private funding to spread the game across schools in the 27-nation EU. He said it was unclear how many kids were playing chess but said in French schools alone some 300,000 were involved in the game.

Hungary’s Polgar said chess cut across languages and cultural divides since the rules were universal and immediately engaged people into social contact. It was still unclear how the EU could help but Kasparov said he was also looking how to better integrate chess into school curriculums. Here is the link to Kasparov Chess Foundation.

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  • At September 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM , Blogger Chess Blog Admin said...

    On Tuesday, 20th of September 2011 the President of the European Chess Union Silvio Danailov and the chess legend Garry Kasparov presented with great success the project ‘Chess in school’ during the public hearing in the European Parliament. The presentation was accepted with great interest. The event was held under the high patronage of the President of the European Parliament Prof. Jerzy Buzek.


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