International Chess Federation
Saturday, 25 Jun 2022 18:07
FIDE Madrid Candidates Chess Conference set for July 2

 We are happy to announce the FIDE Madrid Candidates Chess Conference that will take place on July 2. The event will consist of two parts: educational seminars in the morning and the Conference on social chess initiatives in FIDE member countries in the afternoon.

ChessKid Education Seminar

July 2, 10:00 - 12:00 CEST

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

Language: Spanish only


10:00 - 11:00 CEST

  • !El ajedrez enseña a pensar!

Leontxo GARCÍA - Spanish lecturer, presenter, commentator and journalist

11:00 - 12:00 CEST

  • 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 CEST

Venue: hybrid event (partly online, partly on-site)

Language: English

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 CEST

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


  • Performing Social Responsibility through Chess

Sonja JOHNSON (Trinidad & Tobago) - Chairperson of the FIDE Planning and Development Commission, President of the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Association, 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


  • Chess, a public-private partnership to improve educational outcomes and opportunities in underserved communities in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Alexandra WELDON (Costa Rica) - Head of Philanthropy, MOHARI group

Elsa Bonilla Conejo (Costa Rica) - Director, Asociación Creciendo Juntos


  • The difference chess makes in refugee camps

Alvaro van den BRULE (Spain) - President of Ajedrez sin Fronteras/Chess Without Borders

María Jesús VEGA (Spain) - Spokesperson Responsible for Communications UNHCR Spain


  • Project of chess teaching for blind and visually impaired

Dominic CROSS (Portugal) - President of the Portuguese Chess Federation


  • 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 CEST

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)
  • Moshe Slav (Israel)