The new season is coming. Players and organisers are keen on returning to the boards. More chess events than ever seem to be in the making. But planning and managing events is complicated by uncertainties over Covid-19 variants, the efficacy of the vaccination programmes, and ever-changing public regulations. ChessTech is bringing experts and activists together for a one-day conference to help federations and clubs cope with these challenges as well as to make the best out of tens of millions new players who discovered online chess or got hooked by The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix.
Please save the conference date Saturday 18 September. We start with two plenary sessions. Young chess leaders will share their vision of organised chess. The Impulses session will deliver key inputs for the conference and the season ahead of us. After the initial plenaries, the sessions will be organised in two parallel streams: Restart Chess is the first stream with sessions on planning, marketing, support for clubs, school chess and fundraising under the new conditions. The Technology stream will feature hybrid chess, anti-cheating, personalization of training tools and user experience. We have been securing top experts as speakers. The programme is announced and further sessions will be added. The recordings stay accessible for registered participants until 27 September.
Please use #work4chess and look for it on Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram and Facebook. The conference title celebrates those who work hard in all kinds of functions and contexts to grow and develop chess. As our commercial exhibitors and some of our non-profit exhibitors are looking for talented staff, Work4Chess invites attendees who are looking for employment to upload their CV.
What has been lacking in the chess community is networking. Our conferences have been praised for connecting activists and being a springboard for international projects.
Attendees and their organisations will benefit from learning what their peers are doing elsewhere and what knowledge can be tapped once you know the right people. Seven London Chess Conferences have shown that there is a great willingness to cooperate. What has been lacking in the chess community is networking. Our conferences have been praised for connecting activists and being a springboard for international projects.
Work4Chess is facilitated by beamian. Thanks to our Portuguese technology provider, navigating the conference and making the best out of its learning and networking opportunities will be easier and smoother than at our Zoom-based online conference ChessTech2020. Sponsors and exhibitors will have their own virtual meeting rooms which enable private meetings as well as open presentations. Thanks to sponsorships by Tornelo, the Play Magnus Group and the European Chess Union, the conference is free for everyone. Registration is open.