World Chess Day 2023

International Schools Association

20th July

World Chess Day

The International Schools Association celebrates International Chess Day with an activity led by NIKA School, which aims to unite people from all over the world.


NIKA School

Pablo Flores

Head of International Department

General Goals

  • Celebrate the World Chess Day as a game that unify people around the world. 


  • Promoting Chess Awareness: Raise awareness about the game of chess and its benefits, including cognitive development, critical thinking skills, and strategic planning. 


  • Encouraging Chess Participation: Inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in chess, whether as players, enthusiasts, or supporters. 


  • Fostering Inclusivity: Emphasize the inclusive nature of chess by encouraging participation from diverse groups, promoting gender equality, and providing opportunities for players with disabilities. 


  • Educating about Chess History and Culture: Explore the rich history and cultural significance of chess, displaying its global impact and contributions to art, literature, and intellectual development. 


  • Promoting Chess Education: Highlight the educational value of chess in schools and academic institutions, advocating for the integration of chess programs and curriculum. 


  • Promoting Chess Events and Competitions: Calling to host chess tournaments, exhibitions, simultaneous games, and other events to engage players and spectators, fostering a sense of community and friendly competition. 


  • Supporting Chess Development: Provide resources, training, and coaching for chess players of all levels, nurturing talent and supporting the growth of the chess community. 


This is the proposed schedule to celebrate this day:

Welcome Message

Introduction to the World Chess Day - Nika School Director Irina Rubleva.

Master Class

  • Opening Principles: basic principles of chess openings. Opening strategies like the “Pawn Game,” “Italian Game,” or “Ruy Lopez.” 


  • Tactics and Combinations: Introduction to tactical motifs like forks, pins, skewers, and discovered attacks. How to recognize and create tactical opportunities on the chessboard, using examples and puzzles for practice. 


  • Endgame Fundamentals: Essential endgame principles, such as king and pawn endgames, basic checkmating patterns (e.g., King and Queen vs. King, King and Rook vs. King), and the importance of promoting pawns. 


  • Strategic Thinking: Strategic concepts such as piece activity, pawn structure, controlling key squares, and pawn breaks. Understand the importance of planning and long-term thinking in chess. 


  • Pawn Structure: Types of pawn structures and their implications for piece activity and strategic plans. Isolated pawns, doubled pawns, backward pawns, and pawn majorities. 


  • Middle Game Plans: How to formulate a middle game plan based on the position’s characteristics, such as attacking the opponent’s king, targeting weak pawns or squares, or improving the position of pieces. 


  • Positional Evaluation: How to evaluate a chess position, considering factors like material balance, piece activity, pawn structure, king safety, and potential threats. How to make informed decisions based on positional considerations. 


  • Notable Chess Games: Famous chess games played by grandmasters and their important strategic and tactical ideas. Chess games history. 


  • Calculation and Visualization: Tips to help improve calculation and visualization skills. Analysis of variations and estimation of movements ahead to anticipate the opponent’s responses. 


  • Tournament Preparation and Psychology: Important aspects of tournament play, such as time management, dealing with nerves, and maintaining focus. How to handle both victories and defeats gracefully and learn from their games. 

Closing Speech

Teachers of Sports and Physical Education - Nika School

Organizational Issues

All events are recorded.
In order to receive a Certificate of Attendance you have to register first by filling the form below.
Attendees may receive a Certificate of Attendance upon requests with the only condition that have at least 75% of the master class.
Certificates can be required to the following email:

How to Participate

  • Schools should do prior work with a group of students in order to participate effectively.
  • At least some idea of  Human Rights across the world and a little bit of rhetorical/persuasive devices (not essential like the prior research). 

  • There could be listeners/ inactive guests.

Confirm interest by filling the following form

In case you may have doubts or you may require any other additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us in our email

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