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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Scotland Chess in the Schools Conference

The inaugural "Chess in the Schools and Communities International Conference" is slated to take place Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2007 at Scotland's University of Aberdeen.

A "Call for Papers" at the conference website states:

The University of Aberdeen's School of Education, Aberdeen City Council and Scottish Junior Chess in alliance with a number of national Chess Federations are hosting this international conference which will explore some of these themes and share ideas emerging from recent research, practice and policy. The main aims of the conference will be to explore the particular contribution of chess play within the school and home environment to the development of thinking skills, emotional intelligence and the creative imagination of children and young people.

A further aim of the conference is to explore the contribution made by teachers, chess coaches, children and parents to the development of the ‘will to learn' and the pursuit of knowledge through the sheer pleasure of play. Arguably, within the game of chess we enter a world of infinite complexity and beauty where there is experienced the full range of human emotions and where the intellect is stretched by the power of thought to the very limits of capacity. The playing of the game is a gift of life long learning.

For researchers interested in submitting a paper for the conference, here are the posted guidelines:

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and may be submitted by email to Dod Forrest ( or at the address given below.
Abstracts should identify the focus of the paper, the questions it will answer and the evidence or data on which it will draw.
Abstracts will be chosen for the conference and notified as outlined in the timetable below.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 31st March 2007
Notification of acceptance by 27th April 2007

Dod Forrest (Co-ordinator)
Chess in the Schools and Communities: International Conference Planning Group
University of Aberdeen
School of Education
MacRobert Building
Kings College
AB24 3FX

The following speakers are already scheduled:
  • GM Susan Polgar
  • Marley Kaplan, Chess in the Schools, New York
  • Virginia Morrow, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Alison Green, Open University, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Kate Philip, University of Aberdeen



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