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School rounds

Entrance to the competition
All schools in Germany are invited to take part in the 2012 competition. The basis for the competition is the German-Russian board game ¡New Amici! that can even be played by beginners. The game is played as a knockout tournament according to special Competition Rules.
The winning team in the school rounds is eligible to compete in one of the regional rounds which take place after the summer holidays. Teams who win the regional round, go through to the grand final which takes place at the Veltins-Arena.

Promote Russian
The 2012 competition ’Learn Russian the fun way’ gives students the chance to try out learning Russian through play and use their knowledge of Russian to win prizes! For teachers the competition is an opportunity to give young people a positive first impression of a language that is considered ’difficult’ and to promote Russian in their school. Target groups are not only students who are already learning Russian but also young people who have had no experience of the language up until now. Naturally, young people from a Russian speaking background are also invited to take part in the tournament as ’Russian speakers’.    

All associated costs (games, postage, and later travel to regional rounds and to the final, stopover costs in Gelsenkirchen) will be reimbursed by the competition organisers.

Teams and the KO system
Games are played exclusively in mixed teams of two players. One player will be learning Russian (either as a school subject or through a school club) or already have knowledge of Russian. The other player will not speak a word of Russian (and does not come from a Slavic speaking background). In every game, two of these teams will play against each other in a knockout game. This continues until only one team remains and they are crowned the school winner. To enable the knockout system to work, the following number of teams are recommended: 4, 8, 16, 32 etc. In principle it is also possible to play with a different number of teams. Suggestions for this can be found in the FAQ section. In order for a school to to take part in the competition ’Learning Russian the Fun Way’, a minimum of 4 teams should compete.

Organisation and registration
The leadership and organisation of the school rounds is down to the school’s teachers. You can register your school’s participation in the competition up until the 30th April. Free games and game rules will be sent to all participating schools as soon as possible after their registration. In addition, you will also receive posters to promote your participation in the competion in your school.
The game leaders decide when the competition will take place (and if applicable if the ccompetition will take place on more than one day). Each game take place between two teams and takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete. So if for example, there are 8 teams taking part, 7 games will take place. (1st round: 4 game tables each with 2 teams at each table, 2nd round: 2 game tables each with the winning teams from round 1, 3rd round: 1 game table with the winners of round 2; total time approximately 3 hours.) The deadline for school rounds is the summer holidays. Before the holidays, please make the name of the winning team known to the competition organiser. The leaders of the school rounds will also be invited to the final in Gelsenkirchen along with their winning team from the school rounds!

If it is not possible for the game leader to referee all games because so many teams have registered and will play simultaneously, the games leader may seek assistance from colleagues or parents. It is important to consider that the referee should not only know the rules and keep score for both teams in an impartial manner, but that they also need to have a good knowledge of Russian. Previous participants or native speakers can be appointed as referees.

The competition is not the Russian Olympic Games
The 2012 competition ’Learning Russian the fun way’ is primarily a game. This is how it is possible to involve young people without any knowledge of Russian. Success is not only down to ability and concentration but also to a certain amount of luck. Enjoying the game should be at the forefront of the tournament!

Documentation on last year’s school rounds can be found under Review.