Chess and Mathematics

Sunday 6 December 2015 9.00-10.15

This workshop is picking up the theme of the 2014 conference and explores the potential of cooperation in a European project on using chess to teach maths and logic in primary school and preschool classes.

Tanja PflugTanja Pflug (Germany)
Kinderschach in Deutschland




viera harastova



Viera Harastova (Slovakia)
Skalica primary School






Giovanni Sala
Giovanni Sala

Giovanni Sala (Italy / UK)

Institute of Psychology, University of Liverpool

Giovanni attended the first London Chess Conference in 2013 and met with Professor Fernand Gobet with whom he now collaborates in assessing the impact of learning chess on children’s performance in mathematics.

At the 2014 conference he presented the Metacognition pilot study (PDF) proposing that chess promotes a forma mentisĀ i.e. a structured way of thinking such as that required for mathematics.

He recently co-authored a paper “Mathematical Problem-Solving Abilities and Chess: An Experimental Study on Young Pupils“, where
he concludes:

The main purpose of the present research was to investigate the potential benefits of in-presence chess lessons and on-line training on mathematical problem-solving ability in young pupils (8 to 11 years old). Five hundred sixty students were divided into two groups, experimental (which had chess course and on-line training) and control (which had normal school activities), and tested on their mathematical and chess abilities. Results show a strong correlation between chess and math scores, and a higher improvement in math in the experimental group compared with the control group. These results foster the hypothesis that even a short-time practice of chess in children can be a useful tool to enhance their mathematical abilities