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EdCrunch, one of Europe’s largest education conferences, featured for the first time a panel discussion on the value of chess as a tool for education.

Chess and Brain: Does the Game Make Us Smarter?

The panel discussion “Chess and Brain: Does the Game Make Us Smarter?” offered educators insights into the benefits of chess from a professional as well as a personal perspective.

Mark Gluhovsky, Executive Director of the Chess Federation of Russia chaired the discussion. Panelists included:

Edgard Zapashny, CEO of the Great Moscow State Circus

Esteban Juareguizar, Vice President of the Uruguayan Chess Federation  EdCrunch Conference

Maksim Chigaev, Russian Chess Grandmaster

Jerry Nash, National Chess Education Consultant for Chess in Schools

In its initial debut, the panel discussion attracted 228 online viewers in addition to the more than 1100 in-person attendees in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The EdCrunch Audience

Launched as a conference on new educational technologies in 2014, EdCrunch has established a global outreach. More than 11, 000 participants joined EdCrunch 2021 online and 1178 participants attended the conference venue in Almaty in person. This year’s conference featured 390 speakers from 28 countries both virtually and in-person.

“EdCrunch brings together teachers, educators, representatives of organizations of general, higher and additional education, IT leaders and heads of corporate universities, HR directors and L&D professionals, investors, entrepreneurs and parents.”

The leaders of EdCrunch anticipate additional chess-related topics to be added to the 2022 conference schedule.

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