c) Giving more International Exposure, specially within the Country
Currently there are around 25000 chess players in the country, of whom around 3,000 are active in tournament play. CFSL plans to increase the number of players to 50,000 and active players to 10,000 within a period of one year by employing its resources to enhance coaching, procurement of equipment and by encouraging affiliates to organize tournaments in addition to those held as per the regular CFSL calendar.
Related to this effort, CFSL, with the assistance of the School Chess Association will launch a Chess in Schools programme, initially focusing on 10 schools and gradually expanding, with the envisaged support of the Ministry of Education, to a level where all students in Year 4 will be taught chess during one period every week.
Although there are many persons engaged in coaching chess at various levels, they remain untrained and for the most part lack basic technical skills. In order to correct this, CFSL will put in place a training of trainers programme with the support of the Asian Chess Federation, in early December. Resource persons from fields such as general sports education, psychological aspects of training will complement the contribution of chess coaches.
In addition, a special coaching programme for the national team and the top junior players will be held with the support of foreign coaches.
The chess development programme includes the setting up of a chess library, which will have the latest literature on chess as well as all relevant software.
In order to improve the overall professional in chess, CFSL will implement a training programme for arbiters in the last week of December.
The local chess calendar includes the following key tournaments:
National and National Women's Chess Championship cycle
National Youth Chess Championship (Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 -- Boys and Girls)
Sri Lanka Open Chess Championship (an international rating tournament)
Sri Lanka Inter Club Chess Championship cycle
All four events will be organized on a grand scale, with appropriate venues and good playing conditions, attractive prizes etc.
In addition, CFSL will either organize or help affiliates to organize 5 other International Rating Tournaments and 2 International Masters Tournaments.
CFSL will conduct the 4th Asian Schools Championship at the Grand Oriental Hotel,
This will be followed by the inaugural Asian Universities Chess Championship, organised by the Sri Lanka Universities Sports Association (SLUSA) at the same venue, in April 2009.
Addition, the foreign participation will also be supported according to the availability of funds and the support of the Sports ministry.