International Chess Federation
Thursday, 09 Sep 2021 13:42
"Chess for children with ASD” seminar announced

The International Chess Federation, together with its Chess in Education Commission, Commission for the Disabled and FIDE Social Commission, is pleased to announce the 2nd FIDE Educational Seminar "Chess for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Learn & teach”.

Following the success of the 1st seminar held earlier this year, the event will take place on October 2-3, 2021 at 15:00 - 18:00 CEST. It aims to give core knowledge to potential chess teachers/coaches on opportunities for using chess in educating kids with autistic spectrum disorder, to present a special programme developed by speakers over the year 2021 and to provide the necessary training of teachers as well as support for project development.

Presentation of the seminar (pdf)

Teaching chess to children with autism spectrum disorder has a positive impaсt on their communication abilities, speech, thinking, self-esteem and confidence.

Speakers of the seminar will talk about the ways of teaching chess to children with autism spectrum disorder and explain their methodology covering the following topics:

• What is autism spectrum disorder?

• How to teach chess to children with autism?

• How to prepare the classroom? What else to pay attention to? 

Apart from the project leaders Anastasia Sorokina, FIDE Vice-President and Dana Reizniece-Ozola, FIDE Managing Director, the list of speakers includes:

  • Natalia Popova - WIM, FIDE Trainer, Trainer of the FIDE Chess Academy in Belarus, leader of the 2 years long project teaching chess to children with autistic spectrum disorder (Belarus);
  • Ala Mishchanka - Special needs educational assistant, more than 15 years of experience (Canada);
  • Dr. Anna Charchyan - researcher in Chess Research Institute at ASPU of a name Kh.Abovyan, PhD in Pedagogy, Lecturer faculty of Special and Inclusive Education at the Department of Speech Therapy and Occupational Therap (Armenia);
  • Dr. Lilit Karapetyan - Senior researcher in Chess Research Institute at ASPU of a name Kh.Abovyan, PhD in Psychology, Lecturer at the Department of Special Pedagogy and Psychology (Armenia).
  • Dr. Sandra Maria Guisso, Researcher with more than 15 years of experience (Brazil) and Luis Blasco de la Cruz, International Arbiter, CEO Madrid Chess Academy, Member of EDU FIDE Commission (Spain).  

How to register:
For registration, please, please fill the form: before September 30, 2021.

On October 01 all the registered participants will receive the access link to the online seminar. 

All participants who successfully pass a test will get a certificate of attendance.

For further inquiries please contact:

Anastasia Sorokina, FIDE Vice President