Armenian State Pedagogical University hosted Arkady Dvorkovich, a candidate for FIDE (World Chess Federation) President, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in Dmitry Medvedev's Cabinet, and a co-chair of the Skolkovo Foundation board.
The guest was received by ASPU Rector Ruben Mirzakhanyan. The latter stressed the importance of the “Chess” Scientific Research Institute where different specialists conduct joint research.
Mr. Mirzakhanyan hailed the activity of Smbat Lputyan, President of the Armenian Chess Academy, in organizing international conferences, emphasizing that fact that a number of foreign partners are interested in Armenia’s experience to include chess in school curriculum.
The ASPU rector underlined again that chess has a dominant role in Armenia and expressed hope that the country will see more achievements in the field.
Smbat Lputyan, who also heads the Chair of Sports and Chess at the ASPU, said it was a great honour and pleasure for him to welcome Arkady Dvorkovich at the ASPU. He familiarized the guest with activities, directions and staff of the “Chess” Scientific Research Institute. He also presented the activity of sociologists, psychologists, methodologists and special education teachers stressing that not all problems are solved in that sphere.
Smbat Lputyan highlighted the need to share the Armenian experience and research results with the countries that are interested in chess. He stressed that there is a great number of people in Armenia who are interested in the ‘smart game.’
Vahan Sargsyan, Head of the “Chess” Scientific Research Institute, presented the results of the study, particularly the positive effect of chess on children’s concentration, memory and performance. He particularly emphasized the importance of having specially trained teachers. He also stressed the need to introduce new educational technologies during the planning and teaching of the academic discipline and said the Institute always analyzes the results.
Arkady Dvorkovich expressed his admiration for the booming interest chess. He assured the attendees that Armenia can be a good example for other countries.
Mr. Dvorkovich was interested in the criteria for selecting chess teachers and assessment of children’s knowledge and skills. He says chess is a tool, rather than a subject, and knowledge assessment can be done by another system.
The guest was also presented the results of the social surveys conducted by the Institute, benefits of introducing chess as a mandatory school in schools and the Institute’s future activities.