Bulgarian School Becomes 1st in Europe to Introduce Chess as Obligatory Subject
Bulgaria's "Eurostandard" English language highschool has become the first school in Europe to introduce chess as an obligatory subject for all its students, according to a local news report.
The school has worked in collaboration with Bulgarian Silvio Danailov, President of the European Chess Union, in order to prepare and introduce the project, the News.bg news agency has informed.
On September 20, Silvio Danailov and Garry Kasparov, one of the world's legendary chess players and Chairman of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe presented during a public hearing at the European Parliament their 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.
Chess is a fairly popular sport in Bulgaria and children in the Balkan country often learn how to play it at an early age.
Recently, Bulgarian Nurgyul Salimova grabbed the Girls Under 8 title at the European Youth Chess Championship that took place at Bulgaria's Albena sea resort.
Expectedly, Bulgaria's young chess hopefuls pulled of a formidable performance, with 6 players reaching top 10 in their respective age groups.
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