Teachers from Billund municipality’s schools play chess on a course in January 2013
Scholastic chess is good for all
By playing scholastic chess with classmates, students develop both their analytical and social sides, while also strengthening their learning skills, concentration and creativity. As a result, the Capital of Children Company (CoCC) would like to see even more Danish students playing scholastic chess.
In 2012, CoCC joined forces with children and youth organization, Danish Scholastic Chess Federation, and along with other organizations, arranged the first national finals in scholastic chess day. The finals will be held in the Capital of Children on Friday 12 April, 2013.
As a prelude to the national finals, CoCC – with the support of the LEGO Foundation – offered local schools in the Billund municipality the chance to become involved in scholastic chess. In addition to running courses that Danish Scholastic Chess Federation offers, all participating schools received a box of chess materials for their students. In total, six out of the nine municipality’s public and private schools took part in the program.
Participating schools will take part in a national event called ‘Skolernes skakdag’ (School’s Chess Day), held every year on the last Friday before winter holidays. In 2013, the event will take place on 8 February. After that, school’s can select up to eight students to represent them at the national finals, which CoCC and Danish Scholastic Chess Federation will run two months later at the Sports Hall in Lalandia Billund.
Read more about scholastic chess on Danish Scholastic Chess Federation or download the scholastic chess newspaper here. You can see more infomation about the scholastic chess - national finals here.