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November 16, 2022 – Announcement

Jerry Nash, a leader in the international Chess in Education movement, will lead the International Chess Federation’s (FIDE) Chess in Education (EDU) Commission, the organization announced Tuesday, November 15.

The Commission, comprised of representatives from around the globe, works to advance chess as an educational tool. Nash will serve as commission chair.

Jerry Nash’s Background

Nash became the EDU Senior Adviser for Chess in Education in 2021. That same year he led the commission’s Strategy and Certification and Endorsement workgroups. Both are integral to FIDE’s efforts to develop goals and strategies to develop Chess in Education over the next four years. He joined the commission’s High Quality Standards Workgroup in 2019.

A busy man, Nash also serves currently as the National Chess Education Consultant and on the Board of Managers for Chess in Schools, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that specializes in training teachers how to use chess in their classrooms. He is a regular contributor at U.S. and international education and chess in education conferences. He writes about chess in education at

Jerry Nash receives Goodwill Ambassador Award

Jerry Nash receiving Goodwill Ambassador Award from Judit Polgar.

His work has drawn notice from both the international and U.S. chess communities. The Judit Polgar Chess Foundation in Hungary awarded Nash the title of Goodwill Ambassador for Chess in Education in 2021. The University of Texas at Dallas named Nash the National Chess Educator of the Year in 2015.

As a former high school and university instructor, and the husband of an elementary school teacher, he finds satisfaction in helping educators to discover new ways to engage students in the classroom. His experience as a trainer of teachers has provided ample evidence that when teachers introduce chess to students, they create the opportunity for students to develop the skills they need to be successful in and beyond the classroom.

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