All welcome at ‘Chess and Female Empowerment’ Conference

Places are still available to attend this weekend’s London Chess Conference, where the strongest female chess player of all time, Judit Polgar, will be the inspirational headline speaker. The conference, dedicated to the theme ‘Chess and Female Empowerment’, is being held on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December at the Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9DT. Key subjects on the agenda will be improving the gender balance in chess, and how to make chess clubs more welcoming to women and girls.

Everyone is welcome at the conference, and female members of the ECF are eligible for free entry. Simply send an email in advance to with your ECF membership number (ME******).

Among the speakers at the conference, organised by ChessPlus, will be many from the UK, including: IM and WGM Jovanka Houska, England’s top professional female chess player; Sarah Longson, the co-organiser of the Delancey UK Chess Challenge and the ECF Academy; experienced chess tutors Sarah Kett, Samantha Ali and Joanne Hutchinson; renowned chess author and investigative journalist Sarah Hurst; environmental campaigner and chess parent Tanya Jones; and ECF Non-Executive Director Julie Denning.

ECF Chief Executive Mike Truran and ECF Director of Women’s Chess Chris Fegan will be chairing discussions at the conference on Diversity in Chess Leadership; Developing Women’s chess in England, and on teaching chess to girls, and the English Chess Federation is one of the sponsors of the conference, along with the European Chess Union, Chess in Schools and Communities, and the London Chess Classic.

The conference runs from 11:00am-6:00pm on Saturday 30th November, and 10:00am-5:00pm on Sunday 1st December.

One-day tickets to the conference are available for £65, and for both days for £95. To purchase conference tickets, please go the London Chess Conference online box office at

For information about involving more women and girls in chess in your local area, please email Tim Wall, ECF Women’s Recruitment Officer, at