Chessable Research Awards: Apply Now!


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This blog post introduces the Chessable Research Awards, discusses featured projects, and tells what help the Chessable science team offers.

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Chessable Research Awards

Are you a university student or faculty member who is already researching chess or who would like to begin researching a chess topic? The Chessable Research Awards are for you! Designed to inspire new chess research or aid ongoing chess research, applications for the Chessable Research Awards are open now (as of August 1, 2022).

Each undergraduate or graduate student fills out a 10-question application form. One question asks for the name and job title of their faculty research sponsor and another question asks for that sponsor’s university email address. Their faculty research sponsor can be any faculty member teaching or researching at the student’s university. Their faculty research sponsor completes a 12-question application form.

Forms are due by October 1, 2022. On December 1, 2022, the student and their faculty research sponsor will find out if they have been selected for a Chessable Research Award for Spring 2023.

The cycle of applications and awards repeats for the Summer 2023 and Fall 2023.

Apply at this link:

Featured Projects

When Chief Science Officer Dr. Barry Hymer retired in April of 2022, chess research was already in progress. Science Project Manager Karel van Delft oversees two of those long-term projects: the Forward versus Reversed Solving Study and the Chess and Gender Participation Study. Dr. Hymer was also cooperating with Dr. Nemanja Vaci of the University of Sheffield. Vaci’s Chess Prodigy Project continues with Chessable’s support.

In the summer of 2022, Chessable began supporting two other projects: The Sex Differences in Chess Ability Project supervised by Dr. Mark Glickman of Harvard University and the Gender Segregation in Chess Project by Dr. Jeroen Struben of emlyon business school.

Science Team

The Chessable science team helps researchers and Chessable users. Contact Science Project Manager Karel van Delft [email protected] with your questions. His network of contacts is vast, and his brainstorming is legendary!

Dr. Alexey Root, Woman International Master, became Chessable’s Chief Science Officer in April of 2022. Alexey is also a half-time lecturer at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is the author of eight books. Her most recent book is United States Women’s Chess Champions, 1937-2020

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