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Thinking Txoko

Thinking Txoko >>>

The Thinking-Txoko is an innovative alternative space at the  ICOT 2015 . 

The  will be situated in the main hall of the conference and it will gather different speakers and professionals to discuss certain themes of the conference.

By being in an open space there will be more freedom and opportunities to interact, listen, ask and debate for the attendees. 


During the days of ICOT2015 we will open a "TänkBar" (a venue with thinking on the menu) in connection to interesting lectures and sessions.

In a tasty and visual environment between keynote and featured sessions , we want to help the participants to reflect on what they just have heard in presentations or experienced during workshops.

During coffee breaks and lunches, we will therefore "enhance" the usual café and restaurant environment with various visual aids and tangible thinking tools to help participants to think together while eating or taking a coffee."

50 person per session permited.

Cost: FREE

Language: English

See pdf >>> for more information.

Schedule of the presenters that we follow up in TänkBar:


Leontxo García

Leontxo learnt to play chess at school when she was 13 years old and at 19, she became the champion of Gipuzkoa and six years later, in 1981, she won the title of FIDE Master. In 1983, the newspaper Deia hired her as the special envoy for the matches Kaspárov vs Korchnói and Smyslov vs Ribli in London.

Leontxo moved from Deia to the French Press Agency, the EFE Agency and La Gaceta del Norte. Later, she worked for la Cadena Ser and finally for El País, where in 1985 for two and a half months she was sent to Moscow as the special envoy for the second match between Kaspárov and Kárpov. Currently, she writes a daily column in El País and has been presenting on the Spanish National radio station (RNE) since 1986.

During the 1987 World Chess Championship between Kaspárov and Kárpov, held in Seville, Leontxo presented 50 special programs daily for TVE. In 1990-1991 she directed and presented the series ´En Jaque´, consisting of 39 episodes, which was broadcast on TVE. Later, between 1998 and 1999 she produced, along with Kaspárov, the collection ´The Passion of Chess´, which contained 64 fascicles and 25 videos, for the editorial Salvat.

Leintxo managed the magazine Jaque for ten years (1991-2002) and has given chess conferences in numerous countries. On multiple occasions, she has been the chess commentator in the most important international tournaments. Since 2007, Leontxo has had a permanent spot on Radio 1 (RNE - the Spanish national radio station) on the popular program ´No es un día cualquiera´, with Pepa Fernández (Sundays at 9.20 am). In 2014, she commenced her collaboration with the program Á vivir que son dos dias´ which is broadcast by Cadena Ser at the weekends.



Having fun learning to think

Numerous scientific studies and experiences in schools in different countries for over a century have demonstrated the great pedagogical usefulness of chess.

Students can develop their intelligence and academic performance, especially in Mathematics and Reading Comprehension. In addition, educational Chess develops at least five of the eight multiple intelligences of Howard Gardner.

There is solid scientific evidence of its therapeutic value in delaying the aging process of the brain, cognitive functions in rehabilitating drug addicts, stabilizing children with ADHD (hyperactive) and many other applications.

In 2012 ,The European Parliament recommended its introduction as a subject.




The chess players are blindfolded (without seeing the board); they face 25 opponents at once and then remember all the moves ; they can make two moves per second in rapid games; analyze and make many decisions in a mental struggle that can last six hours without losing concentration; can calculate 10 or 15 games , constantly they create strategies , tactics and discover new ideas. How do they achieve that? How do children acquire these skills? Adriana Salazar and Leontxo Garcia, internationally renowned experts will explain with practical demonstrations and scientific arguments. The conference attendees will see how the brain of a chess player works.

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