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Survey Instructions and Definitions

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Creating Estimates


The national federation may keep a record of the number of children involved in chess in schools in your country. Maybe some inquiries need to be made to the Ministry of Education or to different regions of the country, so you can find out the answer to a reasonable degree of accuracy.


We suggest using the “Top Down” approach which gives some structure to the estimation.

a) Find out from official sources the number of schools are in your country
– primary (ages 6 to 11) and
– secondary (from age 11 to 18).
b) estimate the percentage of these schools offering chess
c) estimate the average number of children playing chess in each of these schools
d) the proportion of these children who receive chess lessons

Calculate the number of children who receive chess instruction in schools = a x b x c x d

An alternative:

If you cannot find the corresponding data from the Federation or the Ministry of Education for the estimation of the number of children receiving chess instruction in a school setting, please multiply the approximate number of children receiving chess lessons in schools by the approximate number of secondary and primary schools where chess is offered. You might choose to call experts in different regions of your country to help you develop your estimate.

Survey Definitions

Chess in Schools Organizations (CiSO’s) – Organizations which provide chess instruction and/or chess activities in a school setting. They may also provide training for teachers and coaches.

Classroom Teacher – A person whose primary responsibility is to instruct children in curriculum subjects (Language, Math, Science, etc.) in accordance with local, state, or national standards. A person hired (usually by the school) for the primary purpose of delivering this instruction. A school (or pre-school) teacher has followed a course of instruction (usually 3+ years), on learning how to teach. 

Chess Coach/Tutor – A person whose primary responsibility is to deliver chess instruction to children in a school setting. The chess instruction may or may not include the promotion of other skills (academic, life skills, etc.). A chess player or Coach (more rarely a Trainer) who teaches chess in a school. They do not have teaching rights in the school but may be allowed into a school class under certain conditions e.g. the presence of a teacher. Some countries forbid this. Teaching is usually after (sometimes before) school hours and lunchtimes.