Praising the efforts aimed at developing chess in Armenia, Arkady Dvorkovich admitted to being impressed with the way chess had become an integral part of Armenia's general education system, as well as about training of chess teachers and the status of chess in the country in general.
Long-time friends, Armen Sarkissian and Arkady Dvorkovich exchanged views on the Skolkovo Innovation Center's activities and the possibilities of cooperation in the field of science and technology.
Arkady Dvorkovich also visited the Armenian State Pedagogical University, where ASPU Rector Ruben Mirzakhanyan welcomed him. The latter stressed the importance of the "Chess" Scientific Research Institute, where different specialists conduct joint researches.
Smbat Lputian, President of the Armenian Chess Academy, also doubling as ASPU's head of the Chair of Sports and Chess, highlighted a great honor and pleasure for him to welcome Arkady Dvorkovich at the ASPU. He familiarized the guest with activities, directions and staff of the "Chess" Scientific Research Institute. He also shared about the work of sociologists, psychologists, methodologists and special education teachers, pointing out to a multitude of problems to be solved in that sphere yet.
Arkady Dvorkovich expressed his admiration for the booming interest in chess. He assured the attendees in that Armenia can serve as a good example for other countries. Arkady Dvorkovich was interested in the criteria for selecting chess teachers and assessment of children's knowledge and skills. He claims chess to be a tool, rather than a subject, saying that knowledge assessment can be realized via another system.
The FIDE presidential candidate Arkady Dvorkovich was also hosted by the Armenian Chess Federation. He got familiar with the achievements and problems of chess in Armenia.
Arkady Dvorkovich noted being impressed with the huge amount of work carried out jointly by the Armenian schools, "Chess" Scientific Research Centre and the Chess Academy of Armenia. He summed up about having so much to learn from Armenia, adding that no other country he had visited could boast a similar approach to chess. He also added that if elected, he would consider the possibility of promoting Armenia's chess experience to other countries.