Chess Education


RSSU International Center of Chess Education

At Russian State Social University we strongly believe that along with traditional pillars of modern educational system, such as math, science, social studies, literacy and technology, chess is another powerful educational tool.

Why chess? Why value?

Key benefits of chess can be broken broadly into two main areas: educational and social.

Research shows, there is a strong correlation between learning to play chess and academic achievement. It is proved that playing chess not only increases IQ score, but also improve our cognitive skills, such as the ability to visualize, analyze, and think critically.

Learning to interact socially with others is another great aspect of chess. Chess became an essential part of inclusive education in Russia. Particularly for students who may have behavioral or learning difficulties, and especially those on the autism spectrum.

Plus, chess levels the playing field as it crosses all socio-economic boundaries. It is a universal sport that bridges the gap of language, gender, economics, age and education. Everyone is equal on the chessboard.


Chess Education at RSSU

Keeping educational and social benefits of chess as a core driver, Russian State Social University sees its mission in promoting chess throughout Russia for people of absolutely all ages.

RSSU provides local and foreign students with the unique opportunity to obtain chess trainer’s diploma, recognized by FIDE.

During their studies, students can improve their chess skills by taking part in the chess tournaments, including the legendary International RSSU Chess Cup “Moscow Open”. Nowadays, The Moscow Open is one of the biggest chess tournaments in the world. In 2015, 1800 chess players representing 30 countries participated in the tournament.

More information about Moscow Open 2016: http://open.moscowchess.org/