English: Chess for Children

The All-Ukrainian Charity Foundation “Chess for Children” was founded in Ukraine in November 2012 by WIM Olena Boytsun.

The primary mission of the Foundation includes: 

  • discovering the potential of every child through engaging children into a game of chess;
  • creating opportunities for harmonious and all-round development of a child;
  • popularization of the game of chess and a healthy lifestyle in the society. 

Young talanted Veronika Veremiuk shows her game to Olena Boytsun

In April 2014 the UCF “Chess for Children” was declared “Social Initiative of the Year” at the national award ceremony “Sport Stars – 2013” that was organized by the Sport Committee of Ukraine to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

Charity Program of the UCF “Chess for Children” 2013-2015 (English, 6Mb)

All-Ukrainian Charity Foundation “Chess for Children”. Photo Overview (English, 3 Мб)

Chess Social Initiative of the Year in Ukraine – article by Olena Boytsun, Chessbase.com, April 2014

First Female Advanced Chess match drawn – the first ever female advanced chess match Ushenina vs Boytsun 

The first female advanced chess match Anna Ushenina vs Olena Boytsun, April 2013

News about UCF “Chess for Children” at the front page of the official FIDE web-site

The Founding President of the UCF “Chess for Children” Olena Boytsun is economist by education (Dnipropetrovsk National University (2004), Oxford University (2006) and Women International Master in chess (WIM, 2002). Olena has more than 10 years of experience in leading national and international projects in the non-profit and business spheres.  

Olena is a Member of the Coordination Board of the Aspen Ukraine Initiative and a member of the Kyiv Hub of the Global Shapers community of the World Economic Forum, a network that unites young people, who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. Olena Boytsun is an author of the fiction novel “In Oxford” (2010) and series of books for children “Babish Gilzi and his friends”. Olena was awarded the State order of Olga of the 3rd rank in Ukraine (2013). She was a council of the FIDE Events Commission (2010-2014) and General Secretary and a member of the Board of the Association of Chess Professionals (2008-2010, 2012-2014). 


“Babish Gilzi plays Chess” by Olena Boytsun is a funny fairy-tale for children and their parents. Readers will meet the cheerful Babish Gilzi, shy Mryazka, brave Dugumda, curious Mambik, fidgety Zyuzya and others. Friends communicate, study at school, adore ice-cream from salted cucumbers, and in any situations Gilzi knows that he has the best mother in the world, who is always ready to help him. 

This book is about how to become smart, find good friends, travel and, of course, to play chess. Together with Babish Gilzi and his friends you can learn the basic rules of the game of chess and many other useful things, that will help you to become the Real Chessplayers.

2014 – Russian language, 96 pages, 23 illustrations, 57 chess diagrams, Hardcover – Publishing House “Folio” – ISBN 978-966-03-6906-1


Short stories from the life of “Babish Gilzi and his friends” are unusual fantastic fairy-tales that will help you to take a look at the world around you at the different angle and to learn many new things. Babish Gilzi and his friends have happy childhood, they are using to going to school (apart from Mryazka, because she is still too young), they visit grandparents in a different city, they adore ice-cream from salted cucumbers and cope with difficult life situations (what do you do, if you were hurt?) and just enjoy the life!

Cheerful Babish Gilzi, his best friend Mambik, energetic Dugumda, World Dance champion Zjubarik and others are exploring the world and always find something interesting even in usual things. Even an old box of accessories to a helicopter can become an outstanding house for Mambik, and you can always organize a holiday for yourselves and your mother. This kind book with soft humour will raise the spirit to readers of any age – both children and their parents.

2014 – Russian language, 48 pages, 17 illustrations, Hardcover – Publishing House “Folio” – ISBN 978-966-03-6990-0

The All-Ukrainian Charity Foundation “Chess for Children “

04119, Kyiv

Zoologicheskaya Str 4a, office 139

+38 044 384 37 70