2017 Global Chess Festival
The 3rd edition of the annual Global Chess Festival (GCF) will be held on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. This year the festival in Budapest will take place in the beautiful new location Graphisoft Park, the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Hungary. As in previous years, various activities will be organized, all with chess as the main theme. Now that 14th October is approaching, the organizers of the Global Chess Festival are proud to announce the official Program, which can be consulted HERE.
The Global Chess Festival will be officially opened on 14th October at 10:00 AM. The patronage of the Global Chess Festival, Mayor of Budapest, Mr. Istvan Tarlos will welcome the participants as well as Mr. Gabor Bojar, CEO of the Graphisoft Park. A musical highlight will be the performance by French composer Jason Kouchak, the “Queens Journey”.
There is a new event in the festival: the “Future Champions” tournament, with 14 Hungarian talented kids. The winner of this event will receive a special prize, made possible by the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation: free participation in the Isle of Man Tournament 2018, with accommodation for both the player and one accompanying person.
A unique program will be held with three Immortal Champions of Hungary: Timea Nagy (fencing), Istvan Vaskuti (canoe) and Judit Polgar (chess), having a panel discussion about Fair Play & Gender Equality, together with Dr. Jeno Kamuti, president of the International Fair Play Committee. Naturally, the traditional simuls will also be held, with first Sofia and later Judit taking on challengers, and various chess and Arts & Crafts activities for children. At 11:00 AM the visitors can see the documentary film ‘The Polgar Variant’.
All day programs will provide families an opportunity to learn their first chess moves and to experience the power of Educational Chess. We look forward to the 14th October, the day when chess is celebrated all over the world. There are 100’s of locations in the world having chess events where chess is in the focus and we are proud to announce that various countries are becoming enthusiastic and are joining the initiative “Chess Connects Us” to organize their own events. In 2017 the following countries have joined the initiative: Chile, Azerbaijan, Nepal, USA, South Africa, Mexico, Serbia, Brazil, Spain and Holland.
If you are not an organizer but would like to join and show your passion for the game, connect to the global CHESS MAP. The more people connect, the better it is for chess worldwide. As Judit Polgar said: “I strongly believe that chess is a good tool to develop your brain in a positive way and connect people. For that reason it is our goal to have as many individuals as possible to play chess all over the world on the 14th of October.”
On the 13th October there will be organized two warm-up invitational events: the 2nd Biz Chess Tournament with business personalities and artists, and a Fundraising Chess Party to help further activities of the Judit Polgar Chess Foundation.
Admission to the Graphisoft Park in Budapest on 14th October is free of charge.