Brief history of Laos Chess Federation 2011-2017

Since. the Laos government Ministry of Education & Sport, had given permission to establishing “Laos Chess Federation” dated:Nov.03/2011, by now it is more than 5 years already.

It had been time of motivation and enthusiasm for new baby chess Federation, with empty hand, passing through different sorts of difficulties, such as lacking skill and experience, finance, etc.,

Anyhow, new chess Federation of Laos, has successfully introduced chess into Laos society, first of all, using “Chess in School”  as strategic plan in chess development in the country at its establishing step, where chess had not been known in the country.

One of main success for Laos Chess Federation, since its birth in 2011, was Ministry of Education & Sport acceptance of Chess to be included in school curriculum  as part of compulsory sport subjects, and will also welcome “chess curriculum” in National Sport Academy as well. This is lots of work, and again, need human and financial resources, but finance of Laos Chess Federation itself at this very beginning step, is nothing, local sponsors not yet found, they are not interested in supporting chess.

Another great success in introducing chess to Laos society, is Laos Chess Federation had become one of outstanding members of Laos NOC, and from now all, chess tournament will be always included in National Games. Ministry of Education & Sport had included Chess Tournament in National School Games that to be conducted in every 3 years.

The fact that Laos Chess Federation had become one of FIDE one world family with the Asian Chess Federation (ACF), is telling us about honesty and sincere willingness of Laos Chess Federation to be part of world chess movement under the leadership of both FIDE and ACF.

If before 2012, “chess” was unknown in Laos society, now, thousands of new and young chess players, had appeared throughout the country, first of all from schools. Chess in School activities, is cooperation between Laos Chess Federation and Ministry of Education & Sport, we called this project as” Chess in School” that  had been spread out in school system in 15 provinces out of 18 provinces ( in whole country there are 18 provinces). Chess in school will continue to get entered to the rest of the provinces via Education & Sport authority of the local government.

High appreciation to FIDE for the support in 2016 to Chess in school activities that had pushed chess into 3 more provinces, such as Saiyaburi, Saisomboon and Xieng Khuang provinces.  Xieng Khuang province to host the XI National Games next year in 2018, and Saiyaburi province to host the XII National Games in 2022, where chess tournament nationwide will be included as part of National Olympic movement. Pictures of chess activities with FIDE support attached.

High appreciation to ACF for the support in 2016 to prepare chess tournament nationwide at recent National School Games in Jan.2017 that had been done successfully.  Pictures of activities attached.  In 2013, ACF, had also given hundreds of chess clocks that are in good use and very much helpful for Laos Chess Federation. Pictures of activities with help of ACF attached.

High appreciation to Qatar Chess Federation for the support in 2016 for prep work for opening ceremony for recent National School Games in Jan.2017 ; part of the money, now is still being used effectively to promote chess in schools and chess movement as a whole in Xieng Khuang targeted province, where  another National Games will be held soon in 2018.

Below is the map, telling us about history how chess in Laos, had been spread out from province by province since 2011, first of all is all about CIS (Chess in school).

This is a show of  close cooperation with Ministry of Education & Sport.

First FIDE Rating tournament was conducted in Jan 2015 with the first 8 chess players in Laos, being FIDE rated;

FIRST RATING LAOS-THAILAND 2015 – Laos      start: 2015-01-27  more info

More information: The full list of Laos tournaments received for April 2015

ID Name Fed Title Rc Rp W N K*change
 6202233   Lertwiram, Apichat  THA  1455  10.00  11  81.6
 6202241   Maneesorn, Kankawee  THA  1466  9.00  11  18.8
 6202209   Chotitada, Sivawong  THA  1465  9.00  11  19.2
 6203264   Krachangpun, Nathat  THA  1482  8.00  11  -34.8
 17700469   Sanouban, Thatsanee  LAO  1466  1525  7.00  11  0
 17700574   Laotham , Thangsoupha  LAO  1465  1505  6.50  11  0
 17700175   Insesuphun , Nattaky  LAO  1465  1372  4.00  11  0
 17700353   Bouasithong , Songkan  LAO  1458  1305  3.00  11  0
 17700582   Soukaloun , Detdamlong  LAO  1458  1305  3.00  11  0
 17700221   Xayxorthor, Sypheng  LAO  1458  1305  3.00  11  0
 17700566   Inthavong , Mali  LAO  1449  1272  2.50  11  0
 17700345   Chanthavongsa, Xayophone  LAO  1392  1114  1.00  11  0
Rc – average rating of rated opponents, Rp – rating performance, W – points won in games against rated opponents, N – total number of games against rated opponents, K*change – rating change for a player in given tournament


From 12 to 15 February 2015, National Chess Federation of Laos, in cooperation with the Asian Chess Federation and under the auspices of FIDE, first FIDE Arbiters’ Seminar was organized in Luang Prabang city of Laos. First 14 school teachers had passed FIDE Arbiter exams conducted by Casto Abundo, ACF Executive Director.  It had been done with cooperation of the Laos government Ministry of education & Sport.

According to my strategic plan for chess development in Laos, from 2017-2020 should be another step of quality growth, harder, and more resources requested as well.  The period in between 2011-2016, should be accepted as establishing step. It was successful enough, though we need to move forward to international standard.

Recently, in Feb.14-16, Laos Chess Federation were happy to welcome KKChan, the Vice President of Hongkong Chess Federation, IA, IO. Another chess training had been held. More chess trainees had come for upgrading.

Action Plan:

  1. Direct preparation for First Chess International Tournament, which is called, “Laos Open 2018” (Jan.).
  2. Direct preparation for Chess Tournament Nationwide at the XI National Games in 2018 (November).
  3. Direct preparation to send team for Chess Olympiad in Batumi in sep.2018.
  4. FIDE Rating tournament 2018 (date:…)
  5. Train 4 local people to get FA title for upcoming Laos Open events 2018.
  6. Improve Cooperation with Ministry of Education & Sport to push more chess in schools, especially where chess tournament to be included in National Games.
  7. Looking for trainer-self support with own sponsor to teach chess in National Sport Academy of Ministry of Education & Sport.

Help Needed:

  1. Need donors to give more chess sets and chess clocks for Chess in School project under Ministry of Education & Sport.
  2. Need 1(one) chess trainer-self support with own sponsor, to teach chess in National Sport Academy of Ministry of Education & Sport (Laos).
  3. Laos Chess Federation need General Sponsor, and ready to sign contract for cooperation, if found.





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Reported by

Inthava VILAVANE Mr. (John)

General Secretary, Laos Chess Federation

Picture Report about recent Chess in School Event nationwide (Jan.29-Feb.6/2017 )attached separately