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FIDE announces Madrid Candidates Chess Conference

The FIDE Madrid Candidates Chess Conference will take place on July 2 consisting of two parts: educational seminars and the Conference on social chess initiatives in FIDE member countries in the afternoon. Scroll down for the detailed program and schedule information.

ChessKid Education Seminar
July 2, 10:00 – 12:00

Venue: on-site in Palacio de Santoña, the venue of the FIDE Candidates Tournament
Language: Spanish only

10:00 – 11:00

  • !El ajedrez enseña a pensar!
    Leontxo GARCÍA – Spanish lecturer, presenter, commentator and journalist

11:00 – 12:00

  • 7 tips para padres de jóvenes ajedrecistas
    Maria RODRIGO – WFM and a sports psychologist


FIDE Conference on the Social Chess Initiatives in FIDE Member Countries
July 2, 14:00 – 17:00

Venue: hybrid event (partly online, partly on-site)
Language: English and Spanish

We will exchange experiences and showcase how national chess federations and chess enthusiasts worldwide help people, build community and make changes for the better with the help of chess. Representatives from all continents will participate.

One of the program’s highlights is the round table for one of FIDE’s most important social projects, the INFINITE Chess, which aims to enhance knowledge and awareness about chess for children with ASD.

It’s heartwarming that FIDE carries out different social projects and supports numerous social initiatives worldwide. Since early 2022, FIDE has implemented INFINITE Chess (chess for children with autism spectrum disorder) in 6 countries: Spain, France, Turkey, Norway, Gibraltar, and South Africa. In 2022-2023, we plan further expansion to European and Asian countries and continuous research work. I am so proud of this project and its perspectives and appreciate the efforts and support of the chess community. I look forward to discussing the results and outlook and building new plans for the project’s realisation,” told FIDE Vice President and INFINITE Chess leader Anastasia Sorokina.


14:00 – 16:00
FIDE Conference of the Social Chess Initiatives in FIDE member countries

  • Introduction
    Dana REIZNIECE-OZOLA – FIDE Managing Director
    Anastasia SOROKINA – FIDE Vice-President, leader of the FIDE INFINITE Chess Project
  • Chess for Society
    Geir NESHEIM (Norway) – Chairperson of the FIDE Social Commission
  • The global strategy of the FFE on health, social and disability
    Franck DROIN (France) – President of the Health Social Disability Commission of the FFE
  • Local Social Chess Initiatives in South Africa
    Erick TAKAWIRA (South Africa) – Director of the KZN Chess Academy
  • TBC
    Sonja JOHNSON (Trinidad & Tobago) – Chairperson of the FIDE Planning and Development Commission, President of the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Federation, Executive Board Member Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee
  • Interaction of the National Chess Federation with the National Olympic Committee: the experience of Albania
    Majlinda PILINCI (Albania) – Secretary-General of the Albania Chess Federation, member of the FIDE PDC Commission
  • Corporate social responsibility and its practical application
    Irina SEMJONOVA (Latvia) – Project manager of international projects and social initiatives
  • Chess for Girls in refugee camps
    Anastasia KARLOVICH (Greece) – WGM, photographer, commentator and journalist
  • Corporate social responsibility in chess: the Indian Oil corporation experience
    Abhijit KUNTE (India) – 4th Grandmaster of India, Coordinator of the Chess Social Projects in the Indian Oil Corporation
  • TBC
    Alexandra WELDON (Costa Rica) – Head of Philanthropy, MOHARI group
  • TBC
    Alvaro van den BRULE (Spain) – President of Ajedrez sin Fronteras/Chess Without Borders
  • TBC
    María Jesús VEGA (Spain) – Spokesperson Responsible for Communications UNHCR Spain
  • Teaching chess to kids with autism: what is autism, trauma, sensory needs
    Evguenia CHAROMOVA (New Zealand) – Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diploma in environmental management, Masters in speech therapy, Former New Zealand women’s chess champion, Speech-Language Therapist

16:00 – 17:00
INFINITE Chess Project round table

  • Dr Jose Francisco SUAREZ ROA (Spain)
  • Kanthi Devi SARJOO (South Africa)
  • Sharon WHATLEY (Gibraltar)
  • Melodi DINCEL (Turkey)
  • Handenur ŞAHIN (Turkey)
  • Ala MISHCHANKA (Canada)
  • Tamara KORENMAN (USA)

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