The 2nd ECU School Chess Teacher training course will take place in London, United Kingdom from 14th to 15th October 2017.


The ECU School Chess Teacher training course comprises two days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The focus of the course is on the teaching aspects of chess. The course is suitable for teachers and tutors who want to make chess an exciting and educational experience for children.

The ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate is available to those who complete the course and pass an online test taken at the end of the course. The Certificate is awarded by the European Chess Union (ECU) to recognize that the individual has an adequate level of chess knowledge and is familiar with didactic methods for the classroom.

The course is innovative in content and delivery. This is the first time that the course has been given in the UK. The first ECU course took place at the Madrid Chess Academy in July 2017 led by IM Jesper Hall (details). Attendees gave very positive feedback on the course. Interviews with some of the participants are on the ECU Education channel.

This qualification is recognized by the European national chess federations as a standard of excellence.  The course should qualify towards Continuing Professional Development. The course helps in building up the teaching skills in chess with idea to improve the general educational attainment of children.


Course leaders

Jesper Hall, Chairman of the ECU Education Commission, FIDE Senior Trainer, Director of the Chess in Schools project in Sweden. Author of several chess training books.

John Foley, member of the ECU Education Commission, former Director of Education and Training at Chess in Schools and Communities in the UK. Author of classroom books for chess teachers and pupils.

Rita Atkins, Woman International Master. Mathematics and physics teacher.


Saturday 14 October 10.00-18.00

  • Introduction
  • Classroom Chess
  • Language of Chess
  • History of Chess
  • The Pieces
  • Minigames
  • Didactic Model
  • Teaching Checkmate
  • Organizing Competitions

Sunday 15 October 10.00-17.00

  • Lesson Planning
  • Behaviour
  • Teaching tactics
  • Problem solving
  • Social chess

 Registration and Fee

Reserving your place on the course is available here.

The fee for the course is 195£.


Organizers can recommend a new Chiswick Premier Inn which is across the road from the venue. Early booking ensures an economical price.

Venue and Directions

The School Chess Teacher training course will be held at The George & Devonshire, 8 Burlington Lane, London.

The venue is on the Hogarth Roundabout of the Great West Road (A4) at the junction with Burlington Road. The nearest tube station is Turnham Green (20 minutes walk). The nearest train station is Chiswick (15 minutes walk). The 190 bus (which runs from Richmond via Hammersmith to West Brompton) stops at the Hogarth Roundabout. The pub has limited parking on a first come first served basis but parking in the vicinity is free at the weekend. Full directions.

Information and Enquiries

For more information please contact John Foley or register here