Mr Gilles Betthaeuser, chairman of Kasparov Chess Foundation Francophone, recently visited Madagascar in order to meet with the MiniChess Madagascar team and see the program in action in the schools across the country.

KCF Francophone is now supporting the Madagascar program financially and is expected to shortly expand its reach to other African countries including Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal and Morroco.

During his trip, Gilles visited 7 of the Minichess schools and inspected the MiniChess material including the chess sets, boards, learner workbooks and teacher aide packs. He also spent time with the leadership of the MiniChess team in Madagascar to understand their future plans.

Minichess Madagascar is currently operational in 16 schools and now has operations in Antananarivo, Miarinarivo and Toliara. They have continued to expand their reach and now train a total of 1,675 learners on a weekly basis across the country.

KCF Africa would like to extend our humble thanks to Gilles and the team at KCF Francophone for supporting the program in Madagascar and we look forward to working closely with them to introduce the program to other African francophone countries in the near future.