Education | Research | Community
October 24-26, 2024
Join us in Saint Louis!
The Saint Louis Chess Conference is a celebration of the rich educational and social tapestry woven by the game of chess. In addition to world renowned keynote speakers, attendees will learn from and contribute to presentations about chess instructional models, best practices, and resources, as well as hear about recent and current research projects exploring the impact of chess in schools and other topics. Join us in Saint Louis for an unforgettable experience where passion meets knowledge, and chess enthusiasts connect on a global stage. Register today!
Maurice Ashley made history in 1999 when he became the first African American chess Grandmaster. He is a national championship coach, many time author, chess commentator, puzzle inventor, video course creator, and motivational speaker. In recognition of his immense contribution to the game, he was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame in 2016.
Ashley is an ardent spokesperson for the many character-building effects of chess. His latest books are "Move by Move: Life Lessons on and off the Chessboard" and "The Life Changing Magic of Chess", a picture book for early readers.
Garry Kasparov is a chess icon renowned for his exceptional career. At just 22, he became the youngest world chess champion in 1985 and defended his title five times. Beyond his chess accomplishments, Kasparov is a passionate advocate for chess in education. He founded the Kasparov Chess Foundation in 2002, a non-profit promoting the teaching of chess globally. The foundation's program, active in the United States and international centers, underscores Kasparov's commitment to leveraging chess for educational benefits. With an extensive background in promoting chess, Kasparov continues to make a significant impact on education worldwide.
Judit Polgár is widely regarded as the best female player in chess history. At age 12, she took the lead in the adult women’s world ranking. At age 14, she was already a two-time Women's Chess Olympic Champion, Later, she won two silver medals as a member of the Hungarian men's team. At age 15, she became an international grandmaster, breaking Bobby Fischer's age record. In 2005, she ranked 8th in the absolute world ranking, as the first and, to date, only female top 10 chess player.
Since her retirement, her international promotion of the sport includes creating a skill-development chess educational methodology, the Judit Polgár Method, developed for pre-school and primary school children.
We have numerous opportunities for organizations to support the conference, including sponsoring a Keynote Speaker, a cocktail reception, or the networking room. For a full list of opportunities, please click here.Contact Tad Middleton ([email protected]) for more information.
In addition to Keynote sessions, the conference schedule will include both plenary and concurrent sessions focused on chess research and education. A full schedule will be released in the summer, but illustrative sessions are:
Join us for the closing ceremonies of the U.S. Chess Championship. For an add-on of $25, enjoy food, drink, and festivities.
Day 1 of the conference will include plenary and concurrent sessions in the morning and afternoon, followed by an evening cocktail reception. Breakfast, lunch w/keynote speakers, and cocktail reception are included in your conference registration.
Day 2 of the conference will include plenary and concurrent sessions in the morning and afternoon followed by a closing reception. Breakfast, lunch w/keynote speakers, and closing reception are included in your conference registration.
From beginners to Grandmasters, researchers to coaches, chess has a varied and vast role in society. Join us to share your experiences and meet others who share your passion for the game!
We encourage both empirically based presentations that use quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodological approaches to demonstrate the impacts of chess, as well as educational, theoretical, and practitioner-based approaches connected to chess education.
Conference submissions can take one of two forms: single presentation submissions or panel submissions.
SINGLE PRESENTATION SUBMISSIONS: The Program Committee will assemble single paper submissions into panels and appoint a moderator or discussant. We encourage proposals that target cutting-edge topics under the general theme of chess research and learning. Submit a single presentation here.
PANEL SUBMISSIONS: Panels will provide opportunities to examine a specific chess topic from a variety of perspectives, methodologies, or geographic locales. Panel participants might include researchers, practitioners, and policymakers. The organizer of a panel submission should propose the topic, identify participants, and describe the specific format to be used. Panel submissions will range from 60-minute concurrent sessions to 75-minute plenary sessions. Submit a panel submission here.
We strongly encourage submission of proposals that take advantage of the diversity of conference participants, both internationally and by sector, which stimulate broad discussions.
All submissions are due by 5PM CT on Friday, April 5, 2024. Notification of proposal acceptance or rejection will be sent by May 15, 2024.
Lodging: All conference sessions will be held at the Chase Park Plaza in Saint Louis' Central West End. A limited number of rooms have been secured starting at a reduced conference rate of $175/night. To reserve the conference rate, enter your information on this form.
Things to Do: Saint Louis' Central West End is a vibrant area and home to the World Chess Hall of Fame and the Saint Louis Chess Club. There are ample restaurants, bars, and other amenities in the near vicinity.
All registration options include breakfast & lunch on Friday and Saturday; access to all keynote, plenary, and concurrent sessions; and cocktail receptions Friday and Saturday evening.
Available until April 30, 2024
Available after April 30, 2024
Available only to full-time students or those living under financial hardship
2024 U.S. Chess Championships Closing Ceremony
Join us Thursday, October 24th at 6 pm for the closing ceremony of the 2024 U.S. Championships as we crown the 2024 Champions. Experience an evening filled with cocktails, delectable hors d'oeuvres, and the chance to dance and mingle with the talented competitors
Refund Policy: Conference registration cancelled by August 31, 2024 is refundable minus a $50 administrative fee. Registrations canceled after August 31 are not refundable.