Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: We are preparing an agreement on chess classes to be introduced in military academies

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov spoke about plans to include chess in curriculum of the military schools in Russia.

“We are preparing an agreement with the Ministry of Defence on compulsory or elective chess classes to be introduced in the higher military educational institutions, cadet corps and Suvorov Schools starting with the next academic year.

We have already begun to hold chess competitions in military units of Rosgvardia. In my opinion, future officers should be able to play chess, develop logical thinking, patience and perseverance,” Ilyumzhinov said in an interview with Izvestia.

This is being carried out within the framework of the “One billion chess players” project.

Today, chess lessons have been introduced in secondary schools of Mexico, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia and many regions of Russia: Belgorod, Tula, Lipetsk and Kaluga regions, as well as the Republic of Ingushetia.