Russia Introduces Chess as a Required Subject in all Schools

08.31.19 In 2016, the Russian Senator Vadim Tyulpanov petitioned the Russian Education and Science Ministry to make chess compulsory in all Russian high schools. Following the success of chess pilot projects in Khanty-Mansiysk and Moscow schools, chess lessons were introduced in 18,000 Russian Schools in April of this year. In addition, Olga Vasilyeva, the Russian Minister of Education and Science, recently announced that beginning September 1st, all Russian first graders will study chess for at least 33 hours per year.

The Minister of Education and Science in Russia has announced that chess has become a required subject in Russian schools. image

Olga Vasilyeva, the Minister of Education and Science in Russia, said:

I am convinced that we should play chess at school. It is difficult to argue against statistics, and at home and abroad, children playing chess have better academic performance on the order of 35-40%. Engagement with the chess helps the children with mental development.

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