Conference: Chess in the process of a preschooler’s development

by Uvencio Blanco
10/8/2022 – Grandmaster Smbat Lputian, chairman of the Chess and Education Commission of the International Chess Federation (EDU FIDE), informs us that an International Online Conference entitled “Chess in the Process of a Preschooler’s Development” will be held on December 10, 2022. The goal of the conference is to discuss different approaches of teaching chess to preschoolers mainly considering chess as an educational tool for a child’s development.

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An invitation to participate

Grandmaster Smbat Lputian, chairman of the Chess and Education Commission of the International Chess Federation (EDU FIDE), informs us that on the initiative of FIDE Chess in Education Commission (EDU) and the “Chess” Scientific Research Institute of Armenian State Pedagogical University, an International Online Conference entitled “Chess in the Process of a Preschooler’s Development” will be held on December 10, 2022.

The goal of the conference is to discuss different approaches of teaching chess to preschoolers mainly considering chess as an educational tool for a child’s development.

The focus points of the conference are:

  • The methodology of teaching chess to a preschooler.
  • Chess and kindergarten teachers’ training.

Can chess in pre-school be considered a pedagogical strategy?

Yes, chess at Pre-school level or Pre-chess is a pedagogical strategy that can be applied in Early Education courses and is one of the forms of educational innovation that has been encouraged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This term was defined and presented at the 2nd District Education Reality Day in the following terms:

A set of pedagogical activities organised for pre-school children, using chess pieces, pawns and the chessboard (mural, table or floor), with the aim of generating connections and articulations with knowledge from the different sectors of the curriculum. These activities include: songs, stories, poems, dances, dramatisations, drawings, paintings, puppets, Chinese shadows, etc. In such a way that it is a methodological proposal suggested to stimulate thinking and motor skills in preschoolers; as well as an approach to the rudiments and basic principles of the game of chess

(Blanco, U. Caracas, 1988).

Why develop a pre-chess programme in early education?

We should bear in mind that chess work with pre-school children is not aimed at training players, but at using chess as a pedagogical strategy. In fact, it has been reported that teachers who run chess courses at this level have observed an improvement in their pupils' behaviour in class shortly after the courses have started, as well as an appreciable increase in the attention and self-esteem of the participants. It has also been verified that the incorporation of the game of chess in schools, as a didactic strategy, stimulates the development of cognitive skills, organised thinking, creativity, critical spirit, ethical and artistic sense.

How to participate?

The working languages of the conference are English and Spanish.

All interested people can participate in the conference evaluating chess in the field of preschool education by registering online via the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsVfV-sXmUx4b6jIp5U8ejj9QV0c-EJgJ1jDg_v18Eddd9ag/viewform?usp=sf_link

The theses of the reports must be sent by November 20, 2022. The authors will be informed about the decision of the Organizational commission by the November 27, 2022.

We would be glad to see you at our upcoming conference.


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Born in Venezuela, Uvencio Blanco Hernández is a FIDE International Arbiter and Organizer. He is part of the Chess in Education Commission of the International Chess Federation.
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