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Chess Palace International Teachers Conference


3rd Chess Palace International Educational Conference

One of the oldest game in history – The educational tool of the future



17. 10. 2015. Saturday, 10:00-12:30

Castle Garden Bazaar

Buda Castle, Budapest Ybl Miklós area, H-1013

Part of Global Chess Festival by Judit Polgar

The strongest female chess player in history Judit Polgar, has set the goal by organizing the Global Chess Festival, to present the 1000 faces of chess to everyone interested, from the perspective of arts, sport, science and most of all education. The Judit Polgar Chess foundation has developed a new and unique educational method. It focuses on improving academic skills, logical, creative thinking and problem solving and prepares children to accept the challenges of the digital society. Starting from 2013, Skill Developing Chess is officially part of the National Curriculum in Hungary and since, the Teacher Training Courses are booked month in advance. More than 150 educational institutions are already practicing the program in Hungarian schools and there is a growing interest internationally. The Chess Palace Student Book and Exercise Book series has won the Hungarian Quality Product Award.

Besides taking part at the conference,  teachers visiting the Global Chess Festival will get the chance to meet representatives of reference schools, where Chess Palace is successfully practiced, see exhibitions by the children and observe skill-building exercises in practice
at the Chess Palace Promenade.



10:00 Opening - Judit Polgar

10:10 An award winning educational program, that is liked by digital native children - Ferenc Mauer

10:30 Chess Palace on the digital board - Zsolt Komar

10:45 Measuring the influence of the Chess Palace Program - Jozsef Horvath, measuring expert

11:00 Schooling and Gamification - Phd. Eva Gyarmathy , Senior researcher of Hungarian Academy of Sciences

11:20 Grade 1 lesson presentation - Csilla Gombas Oryne, Teacher

11:40 Nurturing Talent - Peter Bajor

11:55 Smart Learning Possibilities - Marta Szabo Turcsanyi

12:10 What are the driving forces of creativity, novelty, and innovation? - Dr. Vito D.P. Servedio

12:25 Closing


" Originally chess has been an educational, thinking-developing tool, but as the centuries went by its purpose shifted more to just a game, sport and to measuring outstanding performance. Judit Polgar now puts chess back to its initial function and uses it as an educational tool, to assist children's school curriculum studies by developing their thinking abilities. An important aspect of this method is that it is not the game of chess as a sport but its systematic rules are the foundation for teaching. The teachers do not have to be chess experts, they merely need to know the rules well. Rather than chess as an independent activity, it is used as a background for the processing of general subjects. It provides structure, abstract terrain and solid relationships. Therefore it is an excellent substitute for the lack of such experiences in the digital culture."






Phd. Eva Gyarmathy

                                   Senior researcher of Hungarian Academy of Sciences




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