When it comes to encouraging children to do better at school, Gary Kasparov says the answer is in black and white.
After several successful years in the US, the former world chess champion wants to introduce his Chess in Schools programme across the EU.
Kasparov’s not-for-profit foundation hopes the European Parliament will give the go-ahead for a roll-out in September.
It helps them with the curriculum.” he told reporters in Brussels,“it has great social effect, integrating kids from very different social backgrounds. It is also a very important element in this time of economic hardship – it is cheap.
Computers will play a central role in the programme, giving students the opportunity to learn how to play, track scores from online contests and compete against each other.
Kasparov’s Chess Foundation has been promoting the cerebral pastime in 3,500 US schools since 2002.