MATE consortium would like to present final results of the project!

The 3-year work of experts from Poland, Spain and Lithuania resulted in the creation of an online tool - available in all languages ​​of the partnership. The tool (online game) has been tested by a group of approximately 1,000 students from 3 countries. During the project implementation, a total of 3,000 students and 95 teachers from 3 countries used the tool. In addition a test group of students playing chess from primary schools in Bogota (Colombia) took part in the project.

Textbooks and a set of additional materials - guides and scenarios supporting the work of teachers are available on the project website: in the "Resources" section.

The application for access to the tool can be downloaded here:

During the last month of the MATE implementation national conference was organised by WSEI – Leader of the Project at the University’s headquarter. The conference was a summary of the 3 hard years of the project implementation and building online tool by experts from Spain, Lithuania and Poland.
The event was combined with a computer workshops for all teachers interested in using the MATE games in new school year 2019-2020. The meeting was attended by: Authorities of the University, representatives of the Municipality of Lublin as well as Directors and teaching staff of primary schools from Lublin.

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The University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin invites primary schools, chess clubs as well as teachers and chess experts to participate in testing modular free software, supporting cognitive and chess skills of primary schools students. The tool was developed by experts, researchers from universities from Spain, Lithuania and Poland.

All schools and institutions cooperating with partner organizations will be able to use the tool freely and free in the next academic year.

Benefits for schools and teachers:

The project offers various types of cooperation opportunities for teachers. They concern both the support of schools in conducting classes using the on-line tool as well as teacher support in the process of professional development. Therefore, teachers participating in the project have the opportunity to cooperate with experts in developing scenarios of subject activities that will include chess and cognitive trainings.

This cooperation will be confirmed by an appropriate certificate of participation in substantive work, and the developed original materials will be implemented by teachers from partner countries: Spain and Lithuania.

If you are interested, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The representatives of University La Laguna as a first partner of MATE project started organisation of workshops for teachers as an introduction to MATE project. Ms Lorena Garcia implemented numbers of training hours in order to prepare 27 teachers from 5 schools for initial testing phase of the MATE tool. During the meeting teachers as well as school representatives were informed about the aim of MATE project, the idea of the tool and how it will be implemented in schools during next school year 2018/2019.

Moreover after the initial training and dissemination of the MATE project in Bogota/Columbia around 10 teachers from two big public schools conducted initial testing phase as well with 150 students.

Testing in Tenerife

Within January – May period of 2018 experts from Vytautas Magnus University organised series of workshops for teachers and chess trainers in Lithuania as an introduction to implementation of MATE tool in Lithuanian schools. Over 60 teachers and chess trainers interested in the MATE project participated in workshops.


Photo: workshops in Lithuania


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During last 2 months of school year 2017/2018 teachers, interested in MATE project had a chance to participate in the online introduction to the tool and testing cognitive and chess tests with their students.

Teachers from: Szkoły Podstawowej nr 3 w Parczewie, Szkoły Podstawowej w Jeleńskiej Hucie, Szkoły Podstawowej im. J.H. Andersena w Jawidzu, Szkoły Podstawowej w Mąchocicach Kapitulnych, Szkoły Podstawowej nr 1 w Białobrzegach, Szkoły Podstawowej nr 51 im. Jana Pawła II w Lublinie, Szkoły Podstawowej Nr 14 Specjalna im. Karola Wojtyły - papieża Polaka w Kielcach, Zespółu Szkół Ogólnokształcących nr6 w Lublinie, Samorządowa Szkoły Podstawowej im Wojska Polskiego w Wodzislawiu, Zespółu Placówek Oświatowych im. Marii Skłodowskiej - Curie w Trawnikach, Szkoły Podstawowej im Jana Pawła II w Trzygłowie, Szkoły Podstawowej Dywizjonu 303 w Leszkowicach, Szkoły Podstawowej w Brzezinach, Szkoły Podstawowej im. ks. Jana Twardowskiego w Zemborzycach Tereszyńskich, Szkoły Podstawowej nr 5 w Siedlcach, Szkoły Podstawowej w Kołczynie, Szkoły Podstawowej z Oddziałami Integracyjnymi Nr 6 w Siedlcach, Szkoły Podstawowej w Jaślikowie, Samorządowa Szkoły Podstawowej im Wojska Polskiego w Wodzislawiu, Szkoły Podstawowej w Grodzisku, Szkoły Podstawowej nr5 w Dębicy have coordinated students’ participation in initial testing phase and conducted surveys needed to evaluate this part of the project.

MATE Consortium invites schools, teachers and chess trainers to participate in the testing of the tool on which the team from Poland, Spain and Lithuania is working.

Benefits for schools and teachers:


What is more participation in the MATE project gives many possibilities for teachers: support in conducting classes using the on-line tool as well as teachers’ support in the process of professional development. Therefore, teachers participating in the project have the opportunity to cooperate with international experts in developing scenarios of subject activities that will include chess and cognitive trainings.

This cooperation will be confirmed by an appropriate certificate of participation in substantive work and the developed scenarios will be implemented by teachers from partner countries: Poland, Spain and Lithuania.

Teachers interested in increasing their activity, international cooperation, development and co-creation of didactic materials, please contact project team.

Jan Przewoźnik

This article was prepared for MATE Project:

Nicholas Carr talks about shallow mind in the cypher era; Manfred Spitzer pays attention to the Digitale Demenz. These are the real challenges in a modern cognitive psychology.

I have been developing a method of broadening and deepening our thinking processes for years – by controlling the nine important indicators (see for example Jan Przewoźnik: Myśl – Działaj – Zwyciężaj! Psychologia szachów w praktyce. Gorzów Wielkopolski 2003, 2011). The method is based on Adriaan de Groot’s methodology (Adriaan de Groot: Thought and Choice in Chess. The Hague 1965).

When you decide what to do in A VERY IMPORTANT SITUATION you may ask yourself some adequate questions, for example:

M – The total number of all „moves” considered in the decision tree: How much data do I have? How much data do I need?

N – The number of successive fresh starts in decision tree („branches” in decision tree): How do I find out how much data I have left?

A – The number of different options considered: Do I really explore the situation and problem broadly enough? Did I define the problem too narrowly? Did I define the problem too broadly?

Dmax – The longest variation (how far the subject is able to foresee consequences): Did I predict the consequences far enough? How far am I able to foresee the possible consequences?

nn – The number of successive changes in solving options: Is my process of thinking structured in a good order?

Pmax – The reinvestigations of the option which was mostly considered (Pmax): Am I able to concentrate enough on the best option?

Pser – The longest immediate reinvestigations of the option (it’s the measure of concentration): Am I able to concentrate enough on one option at one moment?

W – The value of the option being chosen: How much is my solution worth?

T – The thinking time: How much was my solving time really worth?

And do not choose your wife or husband with the method, please. Follow your heart.

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The skill of counting variations is one basis in chess development. Another one is looking for “chunks”.

More information you may find here:

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Dear Reader! Now let’s come to the practice. Analyse, please, the Garry Kasparov’s best and “immortal” game:

Compare your analyses here:

Garri Kasparow (w sotrudnicziestwie z Dmitrijem Plisieckim):

Moj szachmatnyj put. 1993-2005. Tom 3, s. 226-230. Ripoł Klasik, Moskwa 2014.

If the task is a tough nut to crack, you will have another one. Just simply mate in one. White to move. 😊

Good luck in exploring your reality broadly and deeply enough!

Finally, do not forget to see the unconscious mind as having a wisdom of its own that should be also honored.




The international Erasmus + KA2 project "Multidimensional Analytical Training in Education" (MATE), where scientists of the Faculty of Informatics (Vytautas Magnus University), together with neuroscientists, psychologists and educators from the University of Economics and Innovation (Poland), the University of Laguna (Spain) and the University of Alicante (Spain) investigate how the chess play effects to the children learning and cognitive development, was presented to Lithuanian educators. The presentation was done by dr. J. Kasperiuniene at the plenary session.

Participants of the discussion forum "Advancement and Innovation in Education: How It Promotes Successful Learning", organized by the Faculty of Social Sciences (Vytautas Magnus University ) were interested in virtual and augmented reality-based solutions in education, human-computer interfaces, and the social impact of the breaking innovations. More than 150 teachers from all around the Lithuania took part in Forum discussions. In this Forum, representatives of the Department of General Education of the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic Lithuania, presented the measures of the state program. Teachers and experts in general education shared their experiences. Forum participants discussed innovations in the educational process.


Chess in schools in Lithuania

From school year 2017/2018 in forty Lithuanian schools all around the country (Telsiai, Jonava, Utena, Siauliai, Alytus, Panevezys, Rokiskis, Vilnius, Kaunas and other regions) pupil start learning chess play in formal classes. This is a start of the new pilot project implemented by the Lithuanian Chess Federation ttp:// together with publishing house "Šviesa" . This initiative is a part of the project called "Chess in schools" what is very popular in other EU countries.

More info (in Lithuanian) in various media channels:

On 18.11.2017, Dr. Monika Baryła-Matejczuk, an expert in MATE project and Magda Janiak - coordinator of the project, took part in the 13th Chess Championship of Chełm District, organized in the Public Primary School in Bialopole.

The tournament began with a presentation MATE: "Multidimensional Analytical Training in Education” with the aim to present project aims, products and plan for cooperation with schools, teachers, chess trainers as well as young chess players within testing and implementing the MATE tool.

The organizers of the tournament were representatives of sport clubs, public school and local/regional administration: Sport Club "Astra" Leśniowice, District Office in Chełm, Leśniowice Commune, Białopole Commune, Communal Culture Center in Bialopole.

There were 48 competitors from Poland and Ukraine participating in the tournament.

The competition was held in the Swiss order: 7 rounds with a 15 minute per participant within categories: junior up to 12 years, juniors and juniors under 18, open and the best woman. Mr Edward Chowra was the chess arbiter of the tournament.

Moe information on the organizers’ websites:


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