“Chess can be a student’s driving force, helping in every aspect of critical thinking development” – Garry Kasparov – Russia

It’s no secret that I am very interested in gamification, and the promise it brings education. So I was excited to speak with world chess champion, Garry Kasparov recently at the UNESCO Education Innovation Days in Paris.  As founder of the Kasparov Chess Foundation and now an activist in education, Kasparov speaks passionately about the role chess can play in transforming the classroom.

Chess is an interactive game that stimulates the player to use logic, creativity, visualization, anticipation and discipline. Kasparov also notes that chess can be “the one great equalizer in education, in which anyone with determination to succeed can excel.” According to Kasparov, more than any other game, chess can transform a child. If taught correctly, chess can be a student’s driving force, helping in every aspect of critical thinking and self-esteem development. “It also teaches students an early sense of responsibility showing them that they are responsible for their actions.” Thank you, Garry, for speaking with me and for your dedication to education.

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Read here a white paper about “The Benefits of Chess in Education

About Garry Kasparov
Founder of Kasparov Chess Foundation

Garry Kasparov was born on April 13, 1963 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, ex-USSR.  asparov was a child chess prodigy who started playing as a five-year old. He qualified as an nternational Chess Master at the age of sixteen. All of his adult life, the courage of his convictions have been put to the test. His matches against Anatoll Karpov (the previous champion closely connected with the Communist establishment) were widely regarded as a show of individual opposition to the authoritarian state. He had difficulties with the USSR Sports Committee, the Communist Party and even the KGB. He was at the forefront of the anticommunist movement, resulting in real threats. Kasparov has also been at the forefront of the use of computers in Chess, and in 1998 he played against Topolov in the first highly publicized game of AAdvanced Chess in Leon, Spain. AAdvanced Chess is Man & Computer vs. Man & Computer, and the fascination for everyday chess fans is that they feel that they are “peeking” inside the minds of the great players. Kasparov has authored several books on chess and is a regular contributor for the Wall Street Journal. Kasparov does a great deal of Charity work and recently created the Kasparov Chess Foundation based on his dream of bringing Chess into classrooms. Kasparov launched his Chess foundation in Europe last year.

More information on Kasparov Chess Foundation:

“To bring the many educational benefits of chess to children and young people   throughout schools in Europe by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs”

Founded in 2002
* Wide range of activities

  • Curriculum Programs
  • Extended-Day Programs
  • Community-based Classes
  • Teacher Training
  • Organization of Tournaments
  • Publishing & Distribution of Chess Educational Literature

* 3.500 schools from all 50 US states have signed up to a program

KCF Europe

*Non-profit organization
* Funded via contributions
* Reaching out to children and youngsters between 6 – 18 years
* Active in all 27 European Union member  states


  1. Provide chess-teaching methodology
  2. Provide training and materials to schools
  3. Organise and support chess events towards target audience
  4. Work with the EU government to promote chess and to make it part of the educational system
  5. Research and provide information about the educational benefits of chess
  6. Promote chess within the EU
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