The ECU Education Commission launched its activities in late 2014. The main reason was a need of an organization representing the growing movement of using chess as a pedagogic tool to develop social and intellectual skills to children.


Since then ECU Education has worked hard to get a grip of what the “Chess in School” movement of Europe look like and what needs these organizations have. In 2015 a survey was initiated and it could be made the conclusion from it that there is a need of an active international organization developing CiS in the terms of research, modern didactic principles, and funding.


The ECU Education is now ready to actively respond to this. The ECU Advisory Board was created as the first step and we are proud to announce its composition:

Dr. Agnieszka Bron, Sweden, Professor in Education at Stockholm University

Dr. Fernand Gobet, Switzerland, Professor in Psychological Science at Liverpool University

Dr. Alexander Khoroshilov, Russia, Professor of ICT in Education and innovative pedagogy and former Head a.i. of the UNESCO IITE

Dr. Seyhan Nisel, Turkey, Professor in Statistics at Istanbul University

Dr. Roberto Trinchero, Italy, Associate Professor in experimental pedagogic at Turin University

The board members are internationally renowned professors of different academic disciplines and the board will help making strategic decisions, and to coach and validate different projects.

More details and brief CVs here.


The commission is also about to introduce The ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate. The certificate is received either through participating in a chess camp or in on-line courses. The courses are shaped by the best school chess instructors in Europe, and they  are in line with the latest research and validated by scientists. The ECU Teacher Certificate courses will be monitored and evaluated by the Academics in the ECU Advisory Board.


Our hope is to put a new standard of teaching chess in the schools of Europe. The first test of a chess camp will be held this summer. During 2018 the on-line courses will be introduced.

The further target of the ECU Teacher Certificate is to establish cooperation with main European universities, and to give academic points to the participants of the courses

Each ECU Teacher Certificate will have one unique number and its authenticity will be checked through an online database.


More information:

Chairman of ECU EDU Commission

Mr. Jesper Hall  

Representing video of the ECU Education Chess Conference