Youth Counselling

Workshop Saturday 5th December 2015  15.00 – 16.00

This workshop describes two of the most interesting ways in which chess is being used to counsel young people.

Fernando Moreno: Founder of Chess Counselling
Fernando Moreno: Founder of Chess Counselling

Fernando Moreno (USA / Spain)
JoAnn Leleck Elementary School
Broad Acres, Silver Spring MD USA

Fernando  earned the Psychology Licensure at Autonomus University in Madrid and a Master’s degree in school counseling from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. He is a National Certified Counselor, a National Certified School Counselor, and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Maryland. He currently serves as a guidance counsellor at the JoAnn Leleck Elementary School at Broad Acres in Maryland.

Fernando was a creator of this field with the publication of his 2001 book Teaching Life Skills Through Chess: A Guide for Educators and Counselors, now out-of-print. He came to prominence with his presentation Using Chess in a Counseling/Mentoring Approach for Students (PowerPoint) at the 2007 Chess in the Schools and Communities International Conference in Aberdeen. His recent work is described in the London Chess Conference blog.


Tal-GraniteTal Granite (Canada / Israel)
Chess Institute of Canada
Chess World

Tal Granite is the creator of the Chess World curriculum used by Chess Institute of Canada. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and General Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2003. In addition, he has been a member of The Israel Chess Federation Chess Instruction Committee and is a World Chess Federation (FIDE) certified International Chess Instructor.


Tal’s approach is to develop Life Skills using the process of goal settingThrough the art of how to set a goal and achieve it he teaches many life skills, including planning and visioning, determination and overcoming of obstacles, time management and proper study habits, along with acquired higher concentration, learned patience and a better memory. Tal will present a case study of a girl who was self-harming until the family tried chess counselling.