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ECU101 – The SMART® Method to Teach Chess

The Course is Certificated by the European Chess Union

The ECU 101 Teacher Training Course presents the basic didactic principles of teaching chess. Suitable for teachers and chess tutors who want to learn a unique approach. Certificate awarded on completion of the course and passing an online test.

15-17 AprilRegistration 

In ITALIAN – with Alessandro Dominici, Jesper Hall, Sebastiano Paulesu, PierLuigi Piscopo and Lexi Ortega.
By invitation from Alfiere Bianco srl. Recognised by the Italian Chess Federation.  Special course price during Covid period.

16-18 AprilRegistration

In GERMAN – with Boris Bruhn
For Hamburg Chess Federation

21-22 AprilRegistration

ENGLISH – with Jesper Hall             
Free entry and title fee (30 seats) for Female participants and Entrants from Small Nations and Islands*

24-26 April – To register, email: Hans-Jürgen Koller

In GERMAN – with Boris Bruhn
For Austrian Chess Federation (link)

23-24 MayRegistration

In ENGLISH – with Jesper Hall  
Free entry and title fee (30 seats) for Female participants and Entrants from Small Nations and Islands*

Now until 30 MayRegistration

In SPANISH – with Pep Suárez
Online course. First 5 women free.
Special course price during Covid period.

* Up to two free places for entries from each of the following federations

  1. Albania
  2. Andorra 
  3. Bosnia
  4. Cyprus 
  5. Faroe Islands 
  6. Guernsey 
  7. Ireland
  8. Jersey 
  9. Kosovo
  10. Liechtenstein 
  11. Luxembourg 
  12. Malta 
  13. Moldova
  14. Monaco 
  15. N. Macedonia
  16. San Marino
  17. Scotland
  18. Wales

ECU School Chess Teacher Training Certificate Course

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The ECU School Chess Teacher Training course provides a certificate recognising that the participants have met the required level of chess knowledge and understanding of didactical methods for teaching chess in schools. The course deploys chess as a vehicle to teach thinking skills such as problem solving and logical analysis. The course is suitable for teachers of pupils from age 8 upwards.  The training course has been held throughout Europe.

Who should attend: Teachers, teaching assistants, school chess tutors 

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of chess

Duration: Two days       Participants:  12-24 

Content: Didactical methods for chess in the classroom: SMART® playing method, questioning techniques, structured thinking, code of conduct, arranging tournaments, mini-games, social formats, problem solving, planning. 

Credentials The course draws upon decades of experience by European chess teaching pedagogues who have trained thousands of teachers across Europe. The approach has been validated by ECU Academic Advisory Board comprising leading international professors.

Trainers: Professional trainers have been licensed to run the course.

Course Test: Online multiple-choice test taken at the end of the course.

Certificate: Numbered Certificates endorsed by the European Chess Union

See our register of successful graduates.

10 research reports into chess and education

It is the question we are always asked. Here are 10 must-read articles showing the benefits of chess in education. This article will be updated from time to time. 1) Chess development in Aberdeen’s primary schools: A study of literacy and social capital Forrest, D., Davidson, I., Shucksmith, J., & Glendinning, T. …

ECU Education – Chess for inclusive education

First Rank is a fortnightly term-time newsletter for everyone interested in chess for education. In this issue, we will discuss how chess can be an excellent tool for inclusive education, you’ll find the calendar with ECU Education Courses, an anecdote and a tactical exercise. This is Ana Miller speaking. She …

London Chess Conference 2019

Chess and Female Empowerment The theme of the 7th Annual London Chess and Education Conference on 30 Nov – 1 Dec is “Chess and Female Empowerment”. The conference examines the involvement of women and girls in chess and presents insights into how to improve the gender balance. The conference will be …

School Chess to Expand in Russia

Komsomoltskaya Pravda has recently reported on the introduction of chess as a subject in all Russian primary schools. Children from Grade 1 through 4 will have a weekly chess lesson. We have tried to verify what is actually the case.  Russia’s Minister of Education and Science, Olga Vassilyeva, had previously announced …

Summer time is here

First Rank is a fortnightly term-time newsletter for everyone interested in chess for education. With this issue at the end of the school year, we present the FIDE Education Commission, and give you the story for summer nights and an anecdote about the Lewis chessmen. We present a calendar of training events and save the date …

Presenting Chess in Schools in Norway

in your language… Deutsch Español Italiano Français Nederlands Svenska First Rank is a fortnightly term-time newsletter for everyone interested in chess for education. In this issue, we present the Chess in schools movement in Norway. The movement is rather young, but due to “the Magnus Carlsen effect” the movement is …

ECU Education – What we try to do

in your language… Deutsch Español Italiano Français Nederlands Svenska First Rank is a fortnightly term-time newsletter for everyone interested in chess for education. In this issue, we present the ECU Education Commission. The European Chess Union represents 54 national chess federations. Its Education Commission strives to promote the use of chess in the classroom …

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