Chess and Technology Online Conference

5-6 December 2020

The conference focuses on playing chess online, teaching chess online and using sophisticated self-learning systems. We bring together the world’s leading experts in chess and technology.

Playing Platforms
Chess Streaming
Chess Databases
Tournament Trackers
Tournament Administration

Classroom Software
Online Training Academies
Training Utilities
Study Systems
Chess Engines
User Experience

Join us online the first weekend in December

*Sunday programmes will be available soon

Conference produced by ChessPlus

ChessTech 2020 is the first international conference covering all online and digital aspects of chess. See the latest advances in chess technology. Meet the pioneers of the new wave of chess software and systems. Get to know the developers of the next generation of chess apps. Stay tuned for new research on cheating and its various impacts on chess. After seven annual conferences with a focus on education, the London Chess conference moves online and shifts its focus to technology, while still maintaining the education connection.

Chess as a Driver of Technology

Opening talk with Conference Director John Foley and
President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Arkady Dvorkovich.

The game has been transformed in the Covid era – over the board chess has given way to online chess. Although we are planning on the return of over the board chess, there have been many issues arising from the rapid deployment of digital chess.  Chess creates challenges for technological innovations including for broadcasting / fan experience, chess equipment, online/hybrid competitions, anti-cheating and fair-play more broadly.

John Foley has been Director of the London Chess Conference since 2013. A former financial decision analyst, he has a background in Philosophy, Operational Research and Cognitive Psychology. He was London u-16 champion and Oxford University chess champion. He is the Managing Director of ChessPlus Limited and Secretary of the Education Commission of the European Chess Union.

Arkady Dvorkovich President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). He is a top economist and also President for the Skolkovo Foundation – the Russian hub for innovation. He was previously an Assistant to the President of Russia from May 2008 to May 2012. His father was an international chess arbiter

David Cordover founded in Australia in 2008 and has been deeply involved in online and hybrid chess events and Ensuring Fair Play since Covid-19 changed OTB chess forever. He owns a chess-specific retail store, a scholastic chess coaching business employing over 100 coaches and a series of chess tournaments with around 10,000 entries each year. He is a former Australian Junior Champion.

Janos Pallagi is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of LearningChess. He is an active player in the Hungarian national league and recently received an award for his services to Hungarian Chess. Janos holds an MBA in Information Technology.

Ranae Bartlett is a former Board President of a US school system that provided ChessKid accounts for every elementary student in the district, recognizing the academic benefits of chess. She is currently the Director of Education at, working with school systems training teachers and chess coaches on how to get the most out of during virtual school, face-to-face classes, and after-school chess club practices. Ranae also administers a new grant program offering free gold ChessKid accounts to students attending public schools that started in the US in 2020 and will expand internationally in 2021.

Joan Buch Prades is the founder of SzuperChess, a recently launched startup that has developed an innovative anti-cheating system for online chess tournaments. He combined his passion for chess and business to try to solve the biggest problem within the chess world. He is a chemical engineer, entrepreneur and professional chess player since he was 6 years old.

Vince Negri is a credited contributor to the Stockfish chess engine and has worked in the technology sector for 25 years, after an academic background in computational mathematics. He specialises in systems and user experience design, and has a particular interest on the interface between games and adult learning.

The conference is suitable for anyone involved in playing, teaching or studying chess online. Find out the latest products and services. Transform your experience. A special feature of our conferences is the ability to network with others. You won’t just be watching but you will also be connecting.

The conference is free to attend. Professional tickets are required for representatives of companies. Sponsorship is also welcome.

No more free tickets from 1st December