Madrid 30th June – 2nd July 2017


Exciting New Course!

The European Chess Union through its Education Commission is leading the development of the educational use of Chess in Schools. The ECU is now introducing a Certificate to recognise the high standard of knowledge and skills required for teachers of Chess in Schools. The ECU Chess Camp is a training course designed by leading chess educationists in Europe and validated by an international academic panel expert in disciplines from cognitive science and psychology to statistics and pedagogy. The certification was developed following the Declaration by the European Parliament on 15th March 2012 that Chess in Schools should be encouraged for educational purposes.

The Chess Camp course comprises three days of interactive presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. The course will be held primarily in English and, where necessary, in Spanish. At the end of the course there will be a test which, on successful completion, entitles the attendee to receive the ECU School Chess Teacher Certificate. This new qualification is being recognised by the European national chess federations as a standard of excellence.  The course should qualify towards Continuing Professional Development.

Course Leaders

Jesper Hall, Chairman of the ECU Education Commission, Director of the Chess in Schools project in Sweden and FIDE Senior Trainer.

Luis Blasco de la Cruz, member of the ECU Education Commission, Director of Madrid Chess Academy, a distinguished chess trainer and a chess teacher of children with Special Needs.


Friday 30 June                    17.00 – 21.00

o   Chess Didactics

o   Chess Concepts

o   Chess in Schools in Europe

Saturday 1 July                   09.00 – 12.00 Excursion    

13.00 – 19.00

o   Chess Language

o   Minigames and Puzzles

o   Teaching Checkmate

o   Organising Competitions

Sunday 2 July                      10.00 – 17.00

o   Lesson Planning

o   Behaviour Issues

o   Teaching and Learning

o   Digital Chess

Registration and Fee

To reserve your place on the course, send an email to

giving the following information:

£       Name

£       Address

£       School affiliation

£       Chess experience

£       Dietary requirements

£       Disabilities

£       Whether you want to stay in the Chess Camp Accommodation

The fee for the course is Euro 150.  The closing date for registration is 29 June 2017

Please make the payment via electronic bank transfer to
[Account IBAN   ES74         0081              1392              2800              0117              3122 ]


The organizers can offer two nights in Colegio Mayor Universitario with full board for 60 Euros per night for a single room, or 45 Euros per night per person for two people sharing with full board.


Venue and Directions

The Chess Camp will be held at Colegio Mayor Universitario EL FARO in Plaza Cristo Rey nº 7, Madrid, near to Moncloa Metro and Bus Station. Attendees are requested to arrive from 09.30 in order to register. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and a light lunch will be provided on the first day.

Information and Enquiries

Luis Blasco de la Cruz

Email :
Skype : madridchessacademy
Twitter: @luisblascocruz
Teléfono: (+34) 630.024.518

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Organization and Colaborations
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