Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


Save the Date: 7 / 8 December


Join us at the

Chess and Education London Conference


Successes and Challenges

Improving School Chess Practice, Research and Strategy



Increasingly, the consensus in the education profession is that school chess works. The chess fraternity don’t need to exaggerate the benefits of chess for children or over-sell it. In most countries demand exceeds supply.


Let us refocus on improving, learn from each other's mistakes, introduce benchmarks, share best practice and successful models for delivery while making research relevant to our projects. Federations and clubs must start to grasp the challenge of school chess and the necessity to rethink or create strategies.

































The first day, 7 December, will be of special interest to teachers and researchers, while day two, 8 December, with its focus on organisational and strategic questions is tailor-made for project leaders and chess federations.



The conference features the latest success stories from Armenia, Sweden, Denmark and Hungary as well as recent research and commentary from eminent scientists and authors.

This school chess conference is unlike any other as it’s embedded in the London Chess Classic at the Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington. It will provide you with fresh ideas and new perspectives and is your chance to find partners in learning.



The keynote speakers will be:

  Michelle Ellefson (University of Cambridge)

Leontxo Garcìa (author and journalist)

  Aram Hajian (American University of Armenia and Chess Academy of Armenia)
  Mads Jacobsen (Skoleskak Denmark)

Other confirmed speakers include:


Christopher Chabris (Union College & Albany Medical College)

  Fernand Gobet (University of Liverpool)

Carl Fridrik Johansson (Swedish Chess Federation)

  Jerome Maufras (Académie de Créteil Paris)
  Ferenc von Maurer (Judit Polgár Foundation)
  Johanna Valentin (Utsiktstornet.se)

Programme | Saturday 7 December | Sunday 8 December |











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