Specialization course

Chess in Primary Education

1st Edition
Code: 174120
Typology: Specialization course
Credits: 3 ECTS
Language: English. The optional term paper can also be written in Catalan, French, Portuguese or Spanish if agreed with the supervisor.
Initial date: 02/07/2018
Last session face-to-face session: 06/07/2018
End date: 06/07/2018

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Place of completion: The Science and Technological Park of the University of Girona
Spaces: 30

Reasons for doing the course

This is the most advanced training on teaching chess from an educational point of view. It provides scientific background on cognition, education and the didactics of mathematics and games, along with hands-on examples in order to apply chess to promoting mathematical, logic, reasoning and metacognitive skills in the classroom.

If payment is received after 5/05/2018 a 50 € surcharge will be applied




We recommend participants stay at the RESA, an inexpensive, modern student house with wifi, private bathroom and cooking facilities in the room. A single room comes at €27 per night, at double occupancy it is €19 per night and person. Apartments may be available on request. It is 20 minutes from the course venue or 30 minutes from the old town. We plan to arrange a shuttle transport in the mornings of the course.  Please book through us as soon as your participation is confirmed.

Those who are interested in staying at RESA must send an email to: gala.tauler@resa.es (please put “CHESS Universitat de Girona” in the subject field) or call 972 58 82 00

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 Girona is on the high speed train line between Barcelona and Perpignan (France) and also has its own airport. Barcelona´s main airport is about 90 minutes away by bus.

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Girona is known for its density of good value restaurants. A quality lunch menu including drinks at the venue is available for €15. A Spanish breakfast – coffee, toast or croissant, fresh orange juice - costs about €3.

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Girona has been described as Catalonia’s most charming city. There is a splendid old town with many monuments from the middle ages, which you can visit or take a guided tour during one of the first evenings. The beaches of the Costa Brava can be reached in 35 minutes by car. Barcelona is just an hour away. The end of June and early July is still pre-season and commendable as a holiday with your partner or family.

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External practices

The course itself doesn´t include classroom practice. However, we expect you to teach chess during the school year following the course and to test and evaluate materials and ideas from the course.

Who are you targeting?

For school teachers or chess teachers who are training teachers. Potential participants should be highly motivated to improve and broaden their chess teaching skills and materials. 

Admission requirements

You should have at least two years' experience with chess in a school environment and expect to teach chess during the school year from academic year 2018/19. It's preferable to hold a bachelor´s degree or higher in education, psychology, mathematics or another relevant field.


Schools in many countries have picked up chess in various ways, approaching it as an after-school activity or as a subject in its own right. The development of the activity was originally driven by competitive chess players and organisations. Now there is a fast-growing movement to use chess in educational ways. Rather than prioritising the full game with 32 pieces and competition rules, it approaches chess as a multitude of mini games, variants, puzzles and activities on the chessboard. The focus has shifted from mastering the rules of chess to promoting mathematical, logical and metacognitive skills in students from an early age.

The Summer School is the first international graduate course on teaching chess. Leading scientists in educational chess are teaming up with experts from the CHAMPS project to provide you with a scientific background and state-of-the-art methods and materials in order to apply chess in the classroom and to develop and evaluate your own materials. Meanwhile, the CHAMPS project will build on your feedback in order to further improve its outputs.

CHAMPS stands for Chess and Mathematics in Primary Schools. It's an Erasmus Plus funded strategic partnership between the University of Girona, the Slovak Chess Federation, the Ludus Association (Portugal), the UK charity Chess in Schools and Communities and the Velka Ida Primary School (Slovakia). The project was launched in December 2017 and will last until the London Chess Conference in December 2018. Its focus is on selecting, reviewing and developing methods and materials to use chess and similar strategy games to teach primary school mathematics, as well as to promote logical and metacognitive skills.


The first international graduate course on chess teaching is intended to raise the educational value and reach of classroom chess by providing experienced practitioners with scientific background, methodological skills and excellent materials. The participants of the course will be prepared to lead the development, adaptation and dissemination of chess teaching methods and materials in their countries. The Summer School is part of a larger effort to establish education-oriented chess teaching. The course is also a means of getting high level feedback on the methods and materials of the CHAMPS project.  

Professional outings

Teachers and teacher trainers become familiar with the basics of chess didactics, get to know state-of-the-art chess teaching methods and materials, and learn how to develop, test and evaluate their own materials. 

Promoting entities

  • Fundació UdG: Innovació i Formació
    Fundació UdG: Innovació i Formació
  • Observatori Escacs i Educació UdG
    Chess and Education Observatory UdG
  • European Chess Union
    European Chess Union
  • Erasmus Programme European Union
    Erasmus + Programme European Union

Collaborating entities

  • Chess and Mathematics in Primary Schools
    Chess and Mathematics in Primary Schools
  • Chess in Schools and Communities
    Chess in Schools and Communities
  • ChessPlus
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