Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: "Chess in every school"

President of the International Chess Federation FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov proposes to introduce chess in the school curriculum.

Ilyumzhinov suggests replacing one of the obligatory physical education lessons with a chess lesson. This will allow the children medically exempted from PE go in for sports. It is well known that chess is a sport.

Participants of chess tournaments experience real sports emotions: excitement of trainings, competitions and sweet taste of victory.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov believes that introduction of chess into the school curriculum will help children develop logical and analytical thinking, and will also positively influence their academic performance.

It is proposed to introduce chess lessons into the compulsory curriculum in the early grades of the general education schools from September 2017.

The proposal of Senator Vadim Tyulpanov and President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was recently discussed with Minister of Education and Science Olga Vasilyeva.