1st International Congress regarding Women’s Equality in Chess

"Women Conquering Chess World"

Introducción al congreso EXPOCHESS


The congress will be articulated in 3 content blocks and will be be held on 13, 14 and 15 July of 2016. Starting from the current situation, causes will be analyzed and methods proposed in order to reach a higher female participation in all spheres of Chess on a more equal footing.

Attract women to Chess


Attract women to Chess, from the widest and most modern sense of the concept “woman”. To do so, a major effort to modernize and adapt is a need to be met in the Chess world.

Institutional support

Institutional support

  • Jean-CludeJuncker, President of the European Commission.
  • Tibor Navracsics - U.E. - Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
  • Iñigo Urkullu Renteria, President of the Basque Government.
  • Bakartxo Tejeria Otermin, President of the Basque Parliament.
  • Jon Redondo Lertxundi, Director of Youth and Sports, Education, Language Policy and Culture of the Basque Government.
  • Miren Izaskun LandaidaLarizgoitia, Director of Emakunde (Basque Women's Institute).
  • World-class speakers


  • Judit Polgar (best female chess player of all the history of modern Chess).
  • Leontxo García (best international journalist specializing in Chess).
  • Anna Matnadze (Chess Player).
  • Juan Antonio Montero (Psychologist).
  • Beatriz Marinello (Vice President FIDE).
  • Fernando Mosquera (Psychiatrist).
  • Lorena García (Psychopedagogy).
  • Nicola Lococo (Philosopher).
  • Angels Cucarella (Psychologist).
  • Martha Fierro, (Secretariat of the committee of Women FIDE).
  • Sabrina Vega (current champion of Spain).
  • Do you want register to the world's most important congress for Equality of Women in Chess?



    EXPOCHESS Painting Contest

    2nd International EXPOCHESS Painting Contest

    It is significant in this edition our will to combine Chess and Women as main topics. Therefore, the works reflecting these two aspects will achieve a higher score.

    EXPOCHESS exhibitions


    The festival will feature exhibitions of painting, woodcut, photography and philately. In these exhibitions there are integrated the selected works of the contest, with the photo report, the famous German artist Elke Rehder, the Basque painter Mikel Garate and the philatelic collector of Bilbao Jose Manuel Garcia.

    EXPOCHESS report alava morelos mexico

    Photo report of Álava and Morelos

    The photographers of the Colectivo Cuarto de Luna with the collaboration of Gato Cíclope(México) and the Cultural Association AlavaVisión (Spain) will give a new photographic vision of its regions in combination with Chess and Women: “Queen’s move on the board, Álava and Morelos in the game”.

    Sponsors, collaborators and organizers:

    • turismo ayuntamiento vitoria-gasteiz expochess
    • gran hotel lakua expochess
    • expochess xake elkartea
    • ahsi consulting expochess
    • euskadi basque country expochess
    • emakunde expochess
    • diputacion foral alava expochess
    • csd expochess
    • fide expochess
    • feda expochess
    • fva expochess
    • chess24 expochess
    • baque expochess
    • kaiku expochess
    • colectivo cuarto de luna expochess
    • el gato ciclope expochess
    • alavavision expochess
    • educachess expochess