ECTS sports subject


Course type

Extracurricular activity

Number of ECTS CP


Study programme

ECTS credit points can be obtained for the first or the second cycle of the study programme.


Enrolment in the first or the second cycle of a study programme of the University of Ljubljana. Requirement for taking the exam is 75% attendance of the course.

Methods of work

Lectures: 10 hrs.
Tutorial: 50 hrs.
Individual work: 30 hrs.


The exam is scored from 1–10 in accordance with the Statutes of the University of Ljubljana. Theoretical (50%) and practical (50%) exam.



Content of ECTS sports subject

 • The theoretical content refers to: the basics of general chess theory and terminology; aspects of chess; the significance of chess in developing the excellence of thinking and personality; historical view and development of chess; the idea and importance of introducing chess into the educational system; chess as a research domain; specific  development and formative goals; teacher as chess instructor; pedagogical-psychological aspect of chess lessons. 

• The practical content refers to: basics of chess; elements and rules of chess; competitive chess games; chess notation; the value of chess pieces; endgames in chess; basic endgames (checkmating, pawn promotion); openings in chess; calculating development tempos; the basics of strategy and planning in chess; the basics of tactics and combinatorics chess; assessment of chess positions; use of a computer analyser; variants of chess; specific methodological and didactic recommendations for the implementation of the curriculum; training the teacher to organize chess lessons and strengthen his professional competences.

Objectives and competences

• The basic goal is to provide students with basic theoretical and practical knowledge for effective implementation of chess lessons and for successful appliance of chess as a pedagogical tool when working with children in schools.
• The student is qualified to present the history of chess, various aspects of chess, psycho-social and pedagogical characteristics of chess in education and training of youngsters.
• The student is qualified to teach chess beginners according to the latest methodology and by applying modern techniques and literature.

Intended learning outcomes

• Specific subject competences: recognizing, understanding, applying and evaluating the basic contents of chess, development of logical and creative thinking as well as of personality values; application of the acquired knowledge to the modern way of life.


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• Kulaç, O. (2011). Šahovska začetnica. Osnovna stopnja. Prevod: Georg Mohr. Šahovska zveza Slovenije.
• Igor G. Suhin (2017). Šah za najmlajše. Pravljični priročnik za otroke in starše. Prevod: Sara Špelec. Ljubljana: Kraljevska igra.


The ECTS sports subject is financed by the University of Ljubljana. For students of the University of Ljubljana the ECTS sports subjects are free of charge. Participation in the ECTS sports subjects is at the student’s own risk.