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“Smart through Chess!” - Minister’s first Move

Dresden, 14/11/2008
With moving the queen pawn two squares forward, the Saxonian Minister for Education professor Roland Wöller symbolically opened the top match of the second day. The further competition between the two grandmasters Kamil Miton from Poland and Russian Vladimir Kramnik, Wöller was watching from a respectful distance.

Chess has been playing a role in his life since his youth. The interactions among strategy, concentration and creativity are capturing to the day. Even though Wöller mentioned that he never knew all the opening variations off pat, the minister is convinced of the advantages of the game of games. He said, chess improved skills that children especially developed at school. However, chess as an independent subject was not the appropriate path to reach that aim. “We do not teach disciplines but students.”
One will not find a chess board in his office, but his wife has been asking him for a match for a while. Especially for that case, the two of them have brought home a chess board from a trip to Gdansk, Poland – over twenty years ago. 

Julia Rommeley