The strongest female
chess player of all time,
Judit Polgar, will be
the inspirational headline
speaker at the 7th London
Chess and Education
30-December 1, at the Irish
conference, a regular
feature of the festival of
events during the London
Chess Classic, will
feature a stellar line-up of
expert speakers from around
the world and focus on the
‘Chess and Female
Conference participants from up to 40 countries, including female and male
chess players, educators and organisers, are expected to offer insights on how
to improve the gender balance in chess and examine initiatives to make the game
more welcoming and accessible to women and girls at all levels.
Judit, an Honorary FIDE Vice-President, will relate how her experiences –
breaking through to the world top 10 while overcoming obstacles to female
participation in professional chess, and promoting chess for all in her home
country of Hungary and around the world – can inspire new generations of female
players to excel and compete on equal terms with their male counterparts.
Other keynote speakers at the conference will include US Chess Federation
Executive Director Carol Meyer and Grandmaster Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, a
former professional chess player who is now a leading politician in Lithuania.
The conference will reach a fitting conclusion with Judit Polgar leading a
wide-ranging roundtable discussion, “A Century of Women's Chess: What Have We
Learned?” on Sunday, 1st December.
Speakers from the UK will include England’s top female professional chess
player, IM and WGM Jovanka Houska, the renowned chess writer and investigative
journalist Sarah Hurst, leading chess educators Sarah Kett and Samantha Ali, of
charity Chess in Schools and
Communities, and Chris Fegan, Director of Women’s Chess for the English
Roundtables and workshops will include:
- Creating a safe and welcome environment for women
- Successful women who have played chess
- How can girls be encouraged to excel at chess?
- How to make chess more accessible to women
- Challenges for female chess officials
- Lessons from other sports
Underlining the conference’s important role in promoting women and girls in
chess will be the presentation of two brand new surveys on women and girls in
chess – a statistical analysis of numbers of women and girls in national chess
federations by the European Chess Union, and a study conducted through the US
Chess Federation, with qualitative insights into chess and gender issues. A
third study of online chess games in the Netherlands will provide details of how
girls and boys compare.
An extra highlight will be a Q&A discussion during the Saturday lunch break
featuring leading chess author Jonathan Rowson, an acclaimed expert in applied
philosophy, who will be sharing insights from his new book, “The Moves That
Matter: A Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life” in conversation with Guardian
journalist Stephen Moss.
The fee to attend the London Chess and Education Conference: ‘Chess and
Female Empowerment’ is £65 for one day and £95 for two days. Participants of
the London Chess Classic Open or Weekender events can take part on both days
with a one-day-ticket.
Tickets can be bought directly here.
Female members of the English Chess Federation are eligible for Free Entry
to the conference. Simply send an email in advance to:
[email protected] with your
The 7th London Chess and
Education Conference takes place at the
Irish Cultural Centre, 5
Black’s Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9DT from 11:00am-6:00pm on Saturday
November 30 and 9:00am-5:00pm on Sunday 1st December. It is organised by
ChessPlus and sponsored by FIDE, the European Chess Union,
leading UK chess and education charity Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC),
the London Chess Classic and the ECF.