In 2008, AGBU began sponsoring the Republican Interschool Chess Championship. This project is the initiative of the Armenian Chess Federation, under the auspices of the Republic of Armenia's Ministry of Education and Science, and AGBU enjoys the status of Vice President of the Championship's organizing committee. The aim of the national championship is to promote love for chess among Armenian schoolchildren and identify future grandmasters who will maintain Armenia's standing as a chess superpower. Students from all of Armenia's regions compete for a place in the championship competition and winners receive computers and medals. AGBU also provided about 5,700 chess boards and 150 chess clocks to over 1,200 schools throughout Armenia for the second, third and fourth Republican Interschool Chess Tournaments.