Jubilee scientific applied conference “BIO-PSYCHO-SOCIAL APPLICATIONS OF CHESS”






 invite you to participate in an jubilee scientific applied conference

in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the founding of “Chovekolubie”

on the topic of


October 6th – October 8th , 2017, in the city of Pazardzhik, Bulgaria.

For 25 years the Association “Chovekolubie” has been developing a theory for dealing with problems based on the game of chess. Until recently we thought we were the only ones in using chess for solving human problems. We gradually discovered that in all corners of the world certain people are using similar approaches, and perhaps, like us, feel alone in their endeavors. For this reason we are organizing this conference and invite all, who work in this area to create a community for cooperation and mutual help, which could develop into a professional organization.



NadezhdaKuzermanova – general manager of  the Mental Health Association “Chovekolubie”


Ass. Prof.  RadislavAtanasov – chess instructor at the NSA “V. Levski”, Sofia, Bulgaria

Roumen Bezergianov – licensed professional counselor at Arizona State University, Tempe,  USA

Dr. Emil Markov – psychiatrist  and consultant at “Chovekolubie”, Pazardzik, Bulgaria



Prof. Dimitar Kaikov – NSA “V. Levski”, Sofia, Bulgaria


Prof. Sabine Vollstädt-Klein – Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

Prof. Martin Tabakov – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria


  1. Participation with an abstract – sharing personal experience and/or scientific data;
  2. Participation as a speaker at the conference – an abstract is also necessary to be sent;
  3. Participation in online session – an abstract is also necessary to be sent;
  4. Participation as a listener.


Deadline for submitting abstracts:  30.07.2017

Deadline for registration:  31.08. 2017

Deadline for paying registration fees: 31.08. 2017


  1. File Format: MS Word, Times New Roman, 12 pt., single-spacing;
  2. Title;
  3. Author(s) first name, last name, position, affiliation;
  4. Abstract should not exceed 300 words (excl.title)
  5. Contact information (Phone, e-mail address)
  6. Language: Bulgarian or English
  7. To be sent to: admin@chesstherapy.org


  1. Participation fee for scientific applied program due if paid by 08.2017
  • Participation with an abstract and as a speaker – 230.00 levs
  • Participation with an abstract only –130.00 levs
  • Participation in online session – 130.00 levs
  • Participation as a listener – 2300 levs
  1. Participation fee due if payed after 31.08.2017  or at the opening day of the conference 260 levs
  2. Participation fee for scientific applied program includes: booklet,  interpreter, online session, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 5 breaks.
  3. Participation fee for social program – 190 levs. It includes transport from Sofia to Pazardzhik, guide, museum fees, 1 dinner.
  4. Participation fee for scientific applied program plus participation fee for social program is 420 levs.
  5. Please transfer registration fees to: Association “Chovekolubie”

DSK Bank, branch 1201 – Pazardzhik;

IBAN BG53STSA 93000006045631

Subject:  Conference “Bio-Psycho-Social Applications of Chess”

  1. Course of exchange: 1 lev = 0.5 euro


 Social program

October  4th  and 5th  2017

Arrival in Bulgaria

 October  5th  2017

10.00 – 16.00 Historic tour in Sofia

16.00 – Departure to Pazardzhik

18.00 – Arrival at hotel in Pazardzhik, Dinner

Scientific applied program

Pazardzhik, Association “Chovekolubie”, Dr. Long str. 12

 October 6th  2017

09.00 – 12.00  Introduction to the programs of  “Chovekolubie”.

12.00 – 13.00  Lunch

13.00 – 14.00  A game of chess with living pieces between conference participants and the people  of “Chovekolubie”.

14.00 – 15.30  Analysis of the chess game and sharing of experiences.

15.30 – 16.00  Break

16.00 –17.00 Review of the spectrum of  bio-psycho-social applications of chess at Association “Chovekolubie” – life as a game of chess.

20.00                Dinner

 October 7th  2017

09.00 – 12.00  Presentations, discussions, sharing of personal experiences

13.00 – 15.00  Presentations, discussions, sharing of personal experiences

15.00 – 20.00  Cultural program

20.00               Dinner

 October  8th 2017

09.00 – 12.00  Founding of professional organization

12.00               Lunch

Conference languages:  Bulgarian and English

Working model of the conference:  Universal chess model


Participants must arrange their hotel reservations in Sofia and Pazardzhik themselves. Organizers have contracted preferential prices as follows:

 Accommodation in Sofia:

Hotel City, “Stara planina” str. 6. Tel. 02/ 915 15 00;   359 890 111 108;


Prices: Single room –  140 levs; Double room – 160 levs

For reservations use registration form on www.chesstherapy.org , Conference invitation

Accommodation in Pazardzhik:

Grand Hotel Hebar, “Esperanto” str. 6, Tel. 359 896 666 644;  www.grandhotelhebar.net

Prices: Single room –  80 levs; Double room – 100 levs; luxury apartment – 150 levs;

For reservations:  reservation@grandhotelhebar.net;

For information and comunication:

www.chesstherapy.org  ;  admin@chesstherapy.org  –  in English

www.chovekolubie.org; info@chovekolububie.org – in Bulgarian



Phone, e-mail:………………….

Form of participation in the scientific applied program:

  • participation with an abstract only
  • participation with an abstract and as a speaker
  • participation with an abstract and an online session
  • participation as a listener

 (Please, underline the form you wish)

Participation in the social program:

  • Yes
  • No

/Please, underline the form you wish)

Date and Hour of arrival:

  • In Sofia………………………..
  • In Pazardzhik…………………..

Data for invoice (if necessary):

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The Association “Chovekolubie” is a nongovernmental organization in public benefit, founded in 1992 on the psychiatrist  Dr. Emil Markov initiative. Between 1992 and 2001 the members and clients of the association conducted their activities in the facilities of the Youth Home in the city of Pazardzhik. In 2001 Mental Health Center was opened. In 2002 a social enterprise  was launched. Since 2005 the Association “Chovekolubie” has provided delegated from the state social service “Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration of People with Mental Health Problems”. Since 2009 the Association has expanded its activities in the town of Septemvri, where Mental Health Center was also opened. In 2011 the Sheltered Home for People with Mental Health Problems opened its doors in the city of Pazardzhik.

The mission of the Association “Chovekolubie” is to develop the human potential  and to strengthen mental health as value for every person and for the society as a whole.

Basic directions:

  1. To support and protect people with mental health problems through education and enhancement  of their coping skills, and for personal spiritual
  2. To increase psychological literacy and raise awareness in the society.
  3. To promote “Chovekolubie” Mental Health Center as a center for spiritual awakening, awareness of human values ​​and integrates the international experience in the area of mental health problems and informs the public about it.

For more informationwww.chovekolubie.org