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Science and Chess

Science and Chess

What's the relationship between chess, the latest generation of robots, Alzheimer's disease and neutrinos? What role do women play in chess? What can literature or photography teach us about this ancient game? Can science be reflected in the board's 64 squares? These are some of the reflections that were addressed at the meeting Science and Chess: Infinite Connections, which took place from 9th to 11th October 2022 at Eureka! Zientzia Museoa, in San Sebastian.

The programme included talks and round tables with distinguished guests, as well as simultaneous games with grandmasters, a Blitz Tournament and the photographic exhibition "The Thinkers" by David Llada, journalist and photographer specialising in chess.

The event was organised by the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC) and Eureka! Zientzia Museoa, with the collaboration of Gros Xake Taldea.


8th October
Inauguration of Photo Exhibition: “The Thinkers” by David Llada

9th October
Artificial Intelligence and Chess, Miguel Illescas, Chess Grandmaster.
Chess and Reality, Diego Rasskin, researcher at the University of Valencia and writer.
The Thinkers, David Llada, photographer specialising in chess.
The Role of Women in Chess, Interview with Olga Alexandrova, Women's Grandmaster of Chess:
Round Table “Triangulating chess: Science, Art and Society” with GM Miguel Illescas, IM Olga Alexandrova, Diego Rasskin and David Llada. Moderated by Juan José Gómez-Cadenas (DIPC).

10th October
Simultaneous games with GM Miguel Illescas and IM Olga Alexandrova. Organised by the Gros Xake Group.
Chess and science: a novice's view, Paola Ferrario, Ikerbasque researcher at the DIPC).
Presentation of the book Todos los mundos, el mundo (All the worlds, the world), Diego Rasskin, researcher at the University of Valencia and writer. Presented by Juan José Gómez-Cadenas.
Chess teaches you to think, Leontxo García, journalist specialising in chess.

11th October
DIPC Eureka! Blitz Tournament Zientzia Museoa