FIDE SOCIAL ACTION CHESS COMMISSION MEETING
- Welcome and Opening of the meeting by SAC General Secretary, Robert Katende
- Show Trailer of the movie “Queen of Katwe”.
- Report Progress of Program in Uganda and Kenya by Robert Katende
- Report Progress of Program in Cyprus by Paris Klerides
- Report First International Congress for Social and Educational Chess in Cordoba, Argentina by Beatriz Marinello
- Report Program “Children of the World” in Spain by Beatriz Marinello
- Report Progress of Program in Cameroon
- Report Program for Seniors in the United States of America “Checkmating Dementia” by Beatriz Marinello
- Presentation of the Plan “Chess for Change” Siavash Javaheri, Head of Iran Chess Federation Planning Committee.
- Comments and Feedback.
- Adjourn the meeting.
SMART GIRL CHESS PROJECT, JUNE 2017 REPORT
SOM Chess Academy through the support of the Uganda Chess Federation has continued to implement the ‘Smart Girl Chess Program’ which was created by Beatriz Marinello and is supported in part by the FIDE Social Action Commission through the leadership of FI, FA Robert Katende.
Special thanks to FIDE Vice President, WIM Beatriz Marinello who is also the Chairperson of the FIDE Social Action Commission. She has been very supportive and has visited the Smart Girl Chess Program Centers in Gulu along with photographer and filmmaker, Dora Leticia Martinez.
In Northern Uganda, exploring the social impact the chess programs have made.
Following the project initiation in December 2013, the programs have grown substantially and the lives of many children, especially the girls, have been empowered with improved social and life skills using this chess platform. Beatriz has also secured scholarships for the children and she continues to advocate for the empowerment and transformation of children through chess.
The results and impact are unbelievable. Special thanks to the chess instructors and teachers that were empowered for this work; they have lived up to the expectations.
In February 2017, a 4 days inter-community chess tournament was held in Gulu at the Koro Good News Community Center (Sports Outreach Facility). The ‘Smart Girl Chess Program’ boosted participation in this event and the number of participants increases every year. In 2016 we had 108 participants and this year we had 137 despite the lack of facilitation due to FIDE budget cuts. The theme of the tournament was “I AM A CHAMPION”.
The purpose of this tournament is mainly to follow-up with the girls under the Smart Girl Project Chess Programs and give them an opportunity to experience competitive play, have fun and participate in children conferences and teachings based on the theme of the competitions being conducted. The tournament and the educational component motivates the children and acknowledges their hard work and effort put into chess. We are so grateful to Sports Outreach who has partnered with FIDE SAC Commission to support the work of SOM Chess Academy that aims to transform lives through chess one move at a time.
Crowned National Schools Chess Champions 2017
This year in May, as always SOM Chess Academy had to stretch the resources available to have the children from Gulu participate in the National Schools Chess competitions. Koro Primary school girl’s chess team from Gulu emerged champion in this year’s National Schools Championship. The team was comprised of the girls from the Smart Girl chess program!
It is the biggest Schools Chess Tournament since 2013 launch of the ‘Smart Girl Chess Program’. The children in the SOM Chess Academy all pose for photos with their medals and trophies after the championship. We had 20 children from Gulu participate and represent their community schools in this event.
In March 2016, we launched the SOM Chess Academy Disabled Chess program in Uganda. This program was launched by VP Beatrz Marinello, GM Thomas Luther, FM Paris Klerides and Michel Manguel during the FIDE Trainers Seminar and FIDE SAC Commission meeting held in Uganda in early 2016. The instructors from SOM Chess Academy have been facilitating the program since then. At the end of the October, we held our first chess tournament and Wasswa Mbaziira emerged as champion.
First International Congress on Social and Educational Chess in Argentina
The FIDE Social Action Commission, together with the Province of Cordoba Chess Federation and the National University of Córdoba organized the First International Congress on Social and Educational Chess in Argentina. This event was held in July 2017 with the participation of 180 teachers, social workers, chess trainers and organizers from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, Spain and the United States of America.
The Congress was supported by the oldest university in Latin America and the respective governments of the Province of Cordoba and the Municipality of the city of Cordoba.
Among the distinguished speakers were the FIDE Vice President and Women International Master Beatriz Marinello; American Chess Teacher Professor David MacEnulty, whose work inspired the film “The Knights of the South Bronx”; Professor Juan Luis Jaureguiberry, responsible for the Educational Chess Plan of the province of Santa Fe; Claudia Amura a great teacher of chess, who implemented one of the largest chess programs in the schools of the province of San Luis; Licenciando Oscar Cuasnicú, creator and promoter of the chess program for seniors “Agilmente”; the journalist Leontxo García with his dissertation on ‘Chess of the 21st Century’; the Grandmaster Pablo Zarnicki, former World Junior Champion and Director of the National Chess in the Schools Programs; Dr. Calixto Angulo, Chess in Prisons.
This event was coordinated by International Master Guillermo Soppe, the journalist Juan Carlos Carranza, and teacher Ricardo Lescano Grosso.
“Children of the World” – Spain
Children from the five continents are again united by the Cross Culture of Chess in this new edition of EXPOCHESS CHILDREN OF THE WORLD.
This intercultural project will be presented in Budapest (Hungary) on 14 October at the Global Chess Festival with Judit Polgar, the best female Chess player in history.
In the magnificent Graphisoft Park (Budapest), there will be the world-wide festival on the culture of Chess with influences from all over the world, so it is the perfect place for the beginning of the EXPOCHESS CHILDREN OF THE WORLD project. In addition, we will convene one of the main activities of the festival, the second edition of the International Drawing Contest.
The Social Action Commission Chair, Beatriz Marinello, met with the Minister of Women Affairs and the Family, Abena Ondoa and other officials during her visit to Cameroon.
The Social Action Commission donated chess sets to help benefit the children.
The Social Action Commission General Secretary, Robert Katende joined Beatriz during this visit to Cameroon. A seminar was organized by the Cameroon Chess Federation in cooperation with the FIDE Trainers’ Commission (TRG), FIDE Social Action Commission (SAC) and the African Continent and this took place from January 7-9, 2016.
SAC General Secretary, Robert Katende
Many thanks to the President of the Cameroon Chess Federation Mr. Michel Nguele Viang for organizing this seminar and Mr. Robert Katende for sharing his valuable experience.
Checkmating Dementia – Did you know that more than 5 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s?
The Commission’s Objectives are:
1. The Social Action Commission shall promote the use of chess as an equalizer, especially in the areas of women’s equality and bridging the gap between the social and economic differences that impact people across the world.
2. The Social Action Commission shall promote the use of chess as an aid for persons at risk from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other mental illnesses particularly among seniors. Overall, this commission should deal with issues related with brain aging.
3. The Social Action Commission shall promote measures that utilize chess to help children at risk.
4. The Social Action Commission shall liaise with other organizations that have similar objectives.
We are happy to report that the commission’s projects have created a positive impact in the targeted communities. We will continue to our work, adding new Federations that want to develop programs for chess as a tool for social improvement.
Chairperson Beatriz Marinello; USA
Secretary FA, FI Robert Katende; Uganda
Councillor Ms. Abigail Tian; China
Councillor Dr. Guy Jose Bendana-Guerrero; Nicaragua
Councillor Mr. Paris Klerides; Cyprus
Mr. Irvin Halman; Panama
Mr. Rupert Jones; Papua New Guinea
Mr. Michel Nguele Viang; Cameroon
Ms. Johanna Basti; France
Ms. Laura Ochoa; Colombia
Mr. Ibrahima Konate; Mali
Mr. Zaheeruddeen Asefi; Afghanistan
Ms. Margaret Murphy; US Virgin Islands
IM Guillermo Soppe, Argentina
Dr. Dorita Larrachea, Chile