FIDE Infinite Chess Project


United Nations recognize April 2 as an Autism Awareness Day. At FIDE, we’re determined to help children with ASD learn chess. Chess improves social skills, reduces anxiety, and facilitates overall development.

Our INFINITE CHESS Project started in 2019 as a small pilot project. In three years, it has gained momentum and expanded to 10 countries: Albania, France, Gibraltar, Latvia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey. You can watch a special video dedicated the the Project’s outlook on our YouTube

The workshop attended 24 educators involved in education of children with ASD, ADHD and epilepsy. The main objectives were to highlight the benefits of chess as an educational and social tool, practice and develop the skills of teaching chess to kids with ASD. The workshop also highlighted the positive impact and valuable improvements of the Infinite Chess Project on the children involved in it during the year.

“Chess is an excellent tool to make societies better. With social chess initiatives, FIDE educates youth, empowers women, integrates less privileged and finds new ways to satisfy all special needs. Building on practical experiences of teachers who work with childern with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), FIDE has devised the Infinite Chess project, where chess is used for improving the socio-emotional welfare of such special kids,” says the project leader, WIM Anastasia Sorokina.

The Project runs in cooperation with FIDE Social Commission. It aims to increase knowledge and awareness of chess for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and study the benefits of introducing them to chess. We develop various teaching methods and give practical advice to teachers and parents.


  • In January 2021, a pilot project was launched in 6 countries: Spain, Turkey, France, Gibraltar, South Africa and Norway.
  • In Spring 2021, an introductory FIDE seminar took place, attracting 130 participants from more than 50 countries.
  • On October 2-3, 2021, FIDE organized the 2nd FIDE Educational Seminar, “Chess for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Learn and teach”.
  • In 2022, the Project onboarded Asian and African countries: Malaysia and Mongolia, South Africa and Morocco.
  • In December 2022, the Conference “Chess for Social benefits and Women Inclusion & INFINITE CHESS Evolution” took place in Paris, France.
  • On March 29, 2023, dedicated to the World Autism Day, the workshop for educators was held in South Africa under the guidance of Erick Takawira, Councillor of the FIDE Social Commission.

With the support of the International Olympic Committee, the first educational program was launched: “Methodological guide for teachers to conduct chess classes when working with children with autism spectrum disorder”. In the meantime, an Erasmus funding application was submitted in order to carry out extensive research.

The program is available in four languages, English, French, Spanish, and Russian. You can download it here: Program – FIDE Infinite Chess Project

Our dedicated YouTube playlist collects the conference and seminars that have been conducted so far, and we welcome everyone to check these materials: INFINITE CHESS PLAYLIST

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