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Check! South West MEP meets former Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov

Thursday, 16 February 2012
South West MEP Sir Graham Watson today met the former Grandmaster and World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov to discuss a new initiative to get chess into school curriculums across Europe.

Mr Kasparov (left) was in Strasbourg this week lobbying MEPs to sign Written Declaration 50/2011 - Chess in School and get behind his campaign to bring more chess programmes into schools with the aim of impacting positively on European childrens' education by improving and practising their concentration skills.

Sir Graham, who hosted a breakfast event in Strasbourg this morning to promote the initiative, commented: “Chess is a game that stimulates the mind, helps build problem solving skills, develops concentration and gives a child the opportunity to take responsibility for their own thinking. All these skills are vital when young people enter higher education or the working world.

I am very privileged to help Garry’s campaign and I hope schools across the South West will consider bringing chess into the classroom if they do not do so already.”

To read more about Garry Kasparov and his Chess Foundation Europe initiative visit


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