Mayor of Khanty-Mansiysk: "Children like chess lessons based on Ilyumzhinov’s programme"

The head of the Khanty-Mansiysk, the President of Ugra Chess Federation Vasily Filipenko explained how children would be taught to play chess in the local schools.

"Every child of our region will have the opportunity to get familiar with chess. There is nothing to be afraid of. We have tested the teaching methods at the elective classes and saw that the students really like these lessons, which are introduced in order to familiarize children with the ancient game," Filipenko said.

"If a child gets interested in it, the chess sections and circles for in-depth training are opened for them. Otherwise, chess could be forgotten after finishing elementary school. However, basing on my experience of work in the district federation, I must say that the number of young fans of chess has been steadily increasing in Ugra, which at same time greatly improved school results", said the Mayor of the capital of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District.
Let us recall that Ugra will be the first region of Russia to introduce chess as a compulsory subject in schools. In addition, children are taught chess in some secondary educational institutions in a number of federal subjects of Russia - Moscow, Tuva, Chelyabinsk and Tyumen regions and, of course, Kalmykia, where FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov came from and who initiated and developed the programme "Chess in Schools".