Olympia Conference Centre, Kensington, London


Chess and Education by Andrew Farthing



In welcoming the delegates to the inaugural Chess and Education Conference at the start of the London Chess Classic festival in Kensington Olympia, the Chief Executive of the charity, Chess in Schools and Communities, Malcolm Pein, remarked that the easiest argument to sell to politicians, educators and potential sponsors is the great things that chess does for children.


His comments came at the start of a two-day conference held over the weekend of 7th-8th December 2013. Present were over eighty interested parties from the worlds of chess and education, eager to hear presentations from an impressively international array of speakers, pulled together by the conference originator and organiser, Stefan Loeffler. This, the first conference on the subject to be held in England, was an opportunity to share in the experiences of other countries’ chess in schools programmes and to develop lines of communication with a network of useful contacts.


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  Leontxo García - Chess in the Public Interest:
What Chess Can Do for Society and Why
  Jan Callewaert - Kasparov Chess Foundation Europe:
Chess in the Digital Classroom
  Fernand Gobet - University of Liverpool:
Building a Research Agenda for School Chess
  Roberto Trinchero - Univ. Turin / Giuliano d´Ereditá - Univ. Palermo:
Can Chess Improve Maths?
  Marisa van der Merwe - MiniChess
Understanding Maths and Science through Chess
  Mads Jacobsen - Dansk Skoleskak:
How to Build A Business Model for Scholastic Chess
  Ferenc von Maurer - Judit Polgar Chess Foundation for Educational Benefits:
Judit Polgar's Chess Palace Program for Elementary Schools
  Aram Hajian, Ph.D. - Board of Directors Chess Academy of Armenia:
Educating a Nation through Chess: Armenia
  Eva Gyarmathy - Hungarian Academy of Sciences:
Strategy Games in the Education of the Digital Age
  Johanna Valentin - The Vantage Tower:
Play and learn with chess
  Christopher F. Chabris - Institute for Advanced Study, Toulouse:
Active Ingredients in a Chess Intervention
  Stefan Loeffler - Chess in the Public Interest:
School Chess in the EU after the 2012 Initiative - A Survey
  Erasmus Plus - Details on the EU Erasmus plus programme:
The EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport 2014-­2020
  Michelle Ellefson - University of Cambridge:
Does Chess Make Children Smart? Insights from Cognitive Science
  John Foley - Training Director CSC
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Karel van Delft, Chesstalent.com



Jonathan Rowson, RSA, Education Matters blog



Marsh Towers Blog



Erasmus Plus Guidelines



Videos from selected presentations

Karel van Delft, Chesstalent.com



Presentation by Marisa van der Merwe - Minichess (17 min)



Video on The Chess Palace - (15 min)



Schach-Ticker (German)




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