Schools Chess Championship in Durres, Albania

During the recent years, after the agreement with FIDE, the Albanian Chess Federation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports has given the top priority to the ‘Chess in Schools’ project, by introducing the chess activities to all schools in the country.

The agreement with the Ministry will be finalized in a short notice, with the presence of Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union, who will sign it along with the Albanian Minister of Education and Sports.

In the past 4 years, Sports Sector of QKF (Children’s Cultural Centre) in Durres, organizes the “National Schools Chess Championship“ in cooperation with the Federation, in addition to the local chess championships.

The 2015 chess calendar started with the 6th Chess Championship. The event was held on 16th January in collaboration with FSHSH (Albanian Chess Federation) in two stages: qualifying categories & finals.

The event was attended by 27 schools, among which 6 private and 21 public schools, and a total of 280 pupils. Girls and boys were divided into three categories according to the classes.

The winners of this championship will attend the chess classes at QKF-Durres to prepare for the future local, national and international participation.

In May 2015, QKF Durres, in collaboration with FSHSH will organize the 5th National Chess Championship, while the other cities will organize local chess championships.

The event was covered by the local media.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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