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Kasparov and Danailov present Chess in European Schools to EU

Garry Kasparov and Jan Callewaert earlier in the year. Photo ©

Garry Kasparov and Jan Callewaert earlier in the year. Photo © | http://www.kcfe.eu

A press release following Garry Kasparov and Silvio Danailov's presentation to the European Union along with Jan Callewaert, President of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe.

Garry Kasparov and Silvio Danailov present ‘Chess in European Schools’ program to EU Members

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Brussels, Belgium - September 20, 2011 - Garry Kasparov, the world’s most legendary chess player and Chairman of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe and Silvio Danailov, President of the European Chess Union, today presented during a public hearing at the European Parliament the program for ‘Chess in European Schools’. The program is designed to promote chess in schools throughout Europe by offering chess curriculums, chess materials, chess teachers and communication material to encourage and motivate children to discover and learn the game. The development of the program will be carried out by the Foundation as a joint project with the European Chess Union (ECU) and the Kasparov Chess Foundation US. ‘Chess in School’ project is a top priority in the management program of the President of the European Chess Union Silvio Danailov and his team.

Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe: "With this proposal it is our ambition to realize the dream of bringing chess into classrooms so that everyone may enjoy the benefits the game of chess offers. The program proposal holds all the elements needed to come to a solid chess curriculum adapted to the needs of the different European countries. I’m also very happy to announce that will be adding two new Kasparov Chess Foundations early 2012, in South America and in Africa. By adding these two continents we will start having a global reach and impact worldwide."

Slavi Binev, Member of the European Parliament: "I was very excited when we talked about the ‘Chess in School’ project with Garry Kasparov and Silvio Danailov for a first time. This is a brilliant idea. The indisputable authority of the best chess player ever and his team and a prominent manager in the chess world is the bedrock of the successful future of this project".

Silvio Danailov, President of the European Chess Union: "I have a dream - to teach the children of Europe and to build them as successful individuals in the best possible way. And what is better than to give them the opportunity to experience the millennial wisdom of the chess game. Besides being a popular sport, chess is also science, education and cultural heritage of the European nations. Chess is unique game which is a powerful tool for developing the intellectual potential of the children, their analytical skills and concentration".

Jan Callewaert, President of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe: "I would first of all like to thank Slavi Binev of the European Parliament for having made possible this event. Promoting and teaching the game of chess to children is the core activity of the Kasparov Chess Foundation, so we are very keen on implementing the ‘Chess in European Schools’ program. I’m looking forward to be able to work with the European institutions in developing and rolling program. The benefits of chess for children are evident and well documented. With the support of the European institutions and the schools all over Europe we have the opportunity to make a difference in the development of children."

INFORMATION FOR THE MEDIA The presentation: ‘Chess in European Schools’ is available at www.kcfe.eu/en/multimedia

About the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe The Foundation, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2011. Its mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children and young people - aged between 6 and 18 - throughout schools in Europe, both public and private, by providing complete chess curriculums and enrichment programs. The Foundation also promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool and provides communication tools to motivate and encourage children and younsters to discover and learn the game of chess. More information at www.kcfe.eu"

About the European Chess union The European Chess Union was founded under Rolf Littorin from Sweden at the FIDE Congress 1985 in Graz. The European Chess Union is an independent association which has the exclusive right to organise the various European Chess Championships. Members are the European national chess federations.The European Chess Union is an independent association which has the exclusive right to organise the various European Chess Championships. Members are the European national chess federations.The European Chess Union is an independent association which has the exclusive right to organise the various European Chess Championships. Members are the European national chess federations.ECU is an independent association which has the exclusive right to organize the various European Chess Championships. Members are the European national chess federations. Today ECU has 54 member federations. The vision of 1985 has come true - Europe is a strong, united chess continent. For more information visit www.europechess.net

Copyright ©2011 Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe and European Chess Union. All rights reserved. All product and company names herein may be (registered) trademarks or trade names.

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