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GYMCHESS® Chess based application to keep ageing brain in shape announced

The benefits of chess are delaying brain ageing (and therefore Alzheimer and other types of dementia) is supported by relevant scientific studies and statistics. GYMCHESS has developed a chess-based cognitive training program (ECAM ©) in the form of a mobile application (its potential adaptation as a medical device being also envisioned). The objective of this innovative, effective and ludic methodology is to improve the cognitive system and slow down the effects of brain ageing, serving as a complement to people conscious of their personal well-being and mental health.

GYMCHESS is a technological start-up that has been supported by the Basque Government and the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, through the Ekintzaile-Txekintek program, for its recent incorporation. ECAM © is a methodology developed in multiple face-to-face workshops with more than 3,500 users over the last ten years with the support of the Junta de Extremadura.

GYMCHESS will be presented at Expo Dubai on Sunday, December 12 at 14:00h (Dubai local time) in the Spanish Pavilion, where Carmen Bueno, the Executive Commissioner of the Pavilion, will act as a host for the event. Teresa Riesgo, Secretary General of Innovation at the Ministry of Science and Innovation of the Government of Spain, will speak. Then, Leontxo García, journalist and scientific disseminator, will briefly talk about “Chess and brain ageing”. Juan Antonio Montero, psychologist and a key person responsible for Extremadura being the first world reference in social and therapeutic applications of chess, will explain the ECAM © basics and origins.

García and Montero are the co-founders of GYMCHESS together with Asier Rufino, CEO of Tecnalia Ventures, who will be in charge of presenting an investor pitch. Finally, Arantxa Garin, the marketing manager, will present the application itself.

The event will be held at the Multipurpose Room of the Spanish Pavilion, and one hour after, at 15:00 (Dubai local time), it will be broadcast in Spanish via Zoom.

Presentation schedule (pdf)


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