Programme

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
17.30End of Conference
(Exhibition closes 19.00)
SATURDAY 6TH DECEMBER
09.30-11.00Registration and Refreshments
09.30-19.00Exhibition of Chess Instructional Materials Room 2
11.00-11.15OPENING AND WELCOME Room 1
Malcolm Pein
Chief Executive, Chess in Schools and Communities, UK
Rob Eastaway
Math Inspiration Ltd, UK
11.15-12.45KEYNOTE SESSION Room 1
Chair: Stefan Löffler
Anna Nicotera
Senior Associate, Basis Policy Research, USA
A Systematic Review of Research on School Chess
Wendi Fischer
Executive Director, America’s Foundation for Chess, USA
Using Chess to Develop the Whole Child
Roland Grabner
Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Graz, Austria
Successful Mathematics Learning: Insights from Cognitive Neuroscience
12.45-14.00Lunch Break
14.00-15.00MATHEMATICS AND GAMES Room 1
Chair: John Foley
David Wells
Mathematician and Author, London, UK
Games or Mathematics? Mini-Games and Mathematical Recreations
Jorge Nuno Silva
Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Mathematics and Games: the Meaning of Life.
15.00-15.30 Coffee Break
15.30-17.15PARALLEL IN-DEPTH WORKSHOPS
1. GAMES AND MATHEMATICS Room 1
There are many good reasons to use games to help the teaching and learning of mathematics. This workshop looks at how games can contribute to the requirements of the new National Curriculum in primary school mathematics. This is a hands-on session where all participate.
Alan Parr UK
Jérome Maufras FRA
Jorge Nuno Silva POR
2. CHESS IN PRIMARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS Room 2
The First Move Chess Curriculum in the USA and the Chess and Logic Curriculum in Hungary are prime examples of aligning chess instruction with the curricular requirements in mathematics. You will learn about chess activities and puzzles that are suitable for primary schools.
Wendi Fischer USA
Erzsébet Sarlós HUN
Walter Rädler GER
3. ACADEMIC TRAINING FOR CHESS INSTRUCTION Room 304
Education faculties are increasingly adopting chess pedagogy. Co-operation with teacher colleges and providers of professional development and continuous training for teachers are key to recruit and train significant numbers of regular teachers for classroom chess.
Jesper Hall SWE
Leontxo Garcia ESP
Mads Jacobsen DEN
Alexander Kostyev RUS
4. CHESS FOR GIFTED CHILDREN Room 305
Chess as a diverse game and puzzle field opens many ways to stimulate giftedness. This is especially true for highly gifted children that are hungry for new challenges. In this workshop you learn about chess at schools for the highly gifted as well as about research on chess talent.
Karel van Delft NED
Roland Grabner AUT
Paul McKeown UK
17.15-18.00PANEL DEBATE Room 1
PROMISE AND LIMITATIONS OF DIGITAL SCHOOL CHESS
The growth in digital learning systems and sophisticated chess apps has raised challenging questions. Should we opt for self-learning at school or home? What is the role of the chess tutor?
Panelists: Mads Jacobsen Executive Director, Dansk Skoleskak, Denmark
János Pallagi Developer LearningChess.net, Hungary
Melissa Elliot Headteacher, Heathside Preparatory School, UK
18.00 End of First Day
SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER
09.30-19.00Exhibition of Chess Instructional Materials Room 2
09.30-10.30 SPECIAL INTEREST PARALLEL SESSIONS
1. NEW GAME COMPETITION - Open Jury Meeting Room 2
The jury for the New Game Design Competition will discuss the entries and make their decision. The judges are:
Jérome Maufras FRA
Alan Parr UK
Rita Atkins UK
2. FRITZ & CHESSTER FOR YOUR CLASSROOM OR SCHOOL SERVER Room 1
A demonstration of how a character-based chess learning system for young children and an online server can be used in school chess. With:
Frederic Friedel & Pascal Simon / Chessbase
3. ERASMUS PLUS CHESS PROJECTS - Meet the Successful Applicants Room 304
Leaders of school chess projects that received European funding in the latest round talk about their experience. With:
Alessandro Dominici ITA
Luis Blasco de la Cruz ESP
Balázs Kecskeméti UK
Stefan Löffler GER
10.30-12.15PARALLEL SESSIONS
SESSION A:
NEW RESEARCH ON CHESS AND MATHS LEARNING Room 2
SESSION B:
CHESS FOR ENRICHMENT EDUCATION Room 1
Chair: Stefan LöfflerChair: John Foley
Susan Sallon
Education Researcher, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Does Early Chess Increase Cognitive Ability? Results from a UK study
János Pallagi, Developer LearningChess.net, Hungary
Erzsébet Sarlós
Head Teacher, Hungary
The Chess and Logic Curriculum: A Joint Venture between School and IT
Roberto Trinchero
Professor of Education, University of Turin, Italy
Can School Chess Improve Maths Ability? A Comparison of Instructor- and Teacher-Based Training with Chess
Beatrice Rapaccini
Secondary School Maths Teacher, Italy
Introducing Primary Students to Computational Thinking
Bo Johansson
Professor of Education, University of Uppsala, Sweden
Is there a Link between Chess and Arithmetic? Observations from a Swedish Evaluation Study
Marisa van der Merwe
Director MiniChess, South Africa
Learning with Chess: The MiniChess App
Giovanni Sala
PhD Student in Cognitive Science, University of Liverpool, UK
Can Chess Improve Metacognition in Children?
Jérome Maufras
Director of Strategy Games, Académie de Créteil, France
The Enrichment Chess Database Project
12.15-12.45 IMPULSE TALK: WHITHER SCHOLASTIC CHESS? Room 1
John FoleyStefan Löffler
Director of Education&Training, CSCChess in the Public Interest
12.45-14.00Lunch Break
14.00-14.45PARALLEL SESSIONS
THE CHALLENGE OF INCLUSION Room 2CHESS IN MATHEMATICS DIDACTICS Room 1
Chair: Stefan LöfflerChair: John Foley
Christina Schenz
Professor of Primary Education, University of Passau, Germany
Promoting Giftedness in All Children with Mathematics and Chess
Neill Cooper
Head of Further Mathematics, Wilson’s School, UK Using Chess to Teach Mathematics in Secondary Schools
Jennifer Shahade
Chess Grandmaster, Author and Commentator, Philadelphia, USA
“You Must Be So Good At Maths” Counting, Chess and Creative Thinking
Joaquín Fernández Amigo
Chess and Education Co-ordinator, Autonomous Univ. of Barcelona, Spain
Teaching Maths through Chess Activities
(presented by Leontxo Garcia)
14.45-15.15Coffee Break
15.15-17.00PARALLEL IN-DEPTH WORKSHOPS
1. CHESS, MATHEMATICS AND GENDER Room 304
What drives the gender gap in participation rates in after-school chess? How can schools engage more girls in chess? This workshop follows up the lively debate at our 2013 conference.
Christina Schenz GER
Jennifer Shahade USA
Lilli Hahn GER
2. EARLY YEARS CHESS Room 2
Chess is being introduced in pre-school and infant classes which requires the development of specialised teaching methods. Pioneers of early chess education present their experiences and ideas.
Boris and Luba Alterman ISR
Joreta Parsons RSA
Marisa van der Merwe RSA
Beatrice Rapaccini ITA
3. CHESS FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM OR ADHD Room 305
Chess may be more suitable for special needs education than people suppose. Chess interventions have worked surprisingly well for children diagnosed with autism or ADHD. We take a look at impressive projects and methods of intervention.
Luis Blasco de la Cruz ESP
Karel van Delft NED
Dijana Dengler GER
Richard James UK
4. ADVANCING CHESS TEACHING SKILLS Room tba
To get the most out of chess, classroom methods need constant refinement. Qualification and accreditation schemes need to be developed which acknowledge developments in pedagogical praxis.
Kevin O’Connell IRE
Margit Brokko EST
Magdalena Zielińska POL
5. CHESS IN SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS Room 1
Chess can be used in many ways to teach arithmetic, geometry, number theory, proving theorems and more. This workshop equips you with materials suitable for enriching secondary school mathematics and maths clubs.
Neill Cooper UK
Ross Atkins AUS
17.00-17.30FINAL REFLECTIONS AND CLOSING
Chairs: Stefan Löffler, John Foley

CHESS AND MATH LONDON CONFERENCE 2014 Final Programme 27 Nov 14 published

5 thoughts on “Programme

  1. Great stuff and I wish you every success!

    Unfortunately, due to earlier work commitments, it is not possible for me to attend this wonderful event. However, as a professional chess coach with a backround in Psychology (B.Sc. from the Univeristy of Toronto), I would be very interested in attending future events. I would also appreciate any written materials that are/will be available from the 2014 event.

    all the best,
    Ilias Kourkounakis
    International Master
    Athens, Greece

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